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Police shoot gun-wielding man in downtown Helsinki

Authorities have detained two people brandishing weapons in the same area this weekend.

Ampumatapaus sattui Baana-pyörätiellä Helsingin keskustassa.
Police check the scene of the incident, on a former railway line. Image: Harri Vähäkangas / Yle

Police in central Helsinki have shot a man who was brandishing a handgun and acting erratically. The man has been hospitalised with non-life-threatening injuries. The incident took place on a pedestrian and cycling path known as the Baana around 11am on Sunday.

Helsinki Police Commissioner Juha Tuomela says the man may have had another weapon as well. He says that the man refused police orders to to drop the gun, so they were compelled to stop him with gunfire.

An eyewitness told the tabloid Iltalehti that the man was bleeding from the calf, and had also been carrying two large knives. Iltalehti was first to report the incident.

Tuomela says the man is suspected of violently resisting authorities and possession of a lethal weapon.

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Shortly after midnight the previous night, police detained a knife-wielding 15-year-old boy in front of the nearby Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art. Three other young people were slightly injured by the knife.

Police are investigating the case as three assaults.

Besides these two incidents, Tuomela says, the weekend has been quite peaceful in Helsinki.


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