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Brothers face 13 attempted murder charges in last summer's police shootings

The brothers also face a raft of charges including hostage-taking, aggravated robbery and others.

Porvoon ampumisesta epäiltyjen veljesten vangitsemisistunnot järjestettiin Vantaalla Itä-Uudenmaan käräjäoikeudessa.
Raymond Granholm, with face obscured, at a remand hearing at Eastern Uusimaa District Court (file photo from August 29, 2019) Image: Pasi Murto / AOP

Two brothers suspected of shooting at police officers last August face a raft of serious charges, including 13 counts of attempted murder, which were filed at Eastern Uusimaa District Court by the prosecutor's office of Southern Finland on Tuesday.

The incidents in question took place exactly one year ago, on Sunday, 25 August.

The suspects, Raymond Granholm and Richard Granholm, were detained last summer in the Pirkanmaa region, following a police confrontation and subsequent car chase during which shots were fired at officers and police vehicles.

The day-long incident began when police in southern Finland received a call to investigate a suspected property crime in an industrial area of Porvoo that Sunday morning. After a patrol unit arrived, the brothers allegedly fired at two officers, both of whom were hospitalised for gunshot wounds.

Police said that the brothers then headed north to the Pirkanmaa region and later that night were tracked down by officers in the city of Tampere. Officers continued to chase the suspects to the town of Ikaalinen, northwest of the city, where they were apprehended.

Long list of charges

During the pursuit, the suspects allegedly fired 20 rounds at the police vehicles chasing them. Police have said that a total of eight officers were in danger of being injured or killed during the course of events.

The men face 13 attempted murder charges because some of the officers' vehicles were fired at several times, according to Jukka Haavisto, specialised prosecutor at Southern Finland Prosecutor's Office.

"At this stage, the prosecution cannot comment on how many police officers were in danger of death," Haavisto said.

In addition to the 13 attempted murder charges the suspects were also charged with hostage-taking, aggravated robbery, aggravated preparation for robbery, aggravated endangerment of road safety, eight counts of endangerment crimes and a firearms offense.

According to Haavisto, the hostage-taking and aggravated robbery charges were connected to events that took place in Porvoo.

Endangerment

The suspects are both Swedish citizens but did not take a position regarding their guilt or innocence during the police's preliminary investigation. Raymond Granholm is around 31 years old while his younger brother, Richard, who also has Finnish citizenship, is in his mid 20s.

No one was injured during the pursuit, but at least three police vehicles were damaged. The prosecutor said that there were many motorists on the road and that bystanders were in significant danger as the pursuit unfolded, not only from the gunfire but also due to the high speed of the suspects' vehicle.

Haavisto said that officers did not fire any shots during either of the incidents in Porvoo or in Pirkanmaa.

A criminal trial is expected to begin early next month at Eastern Uusimaa District Court, at which time case documents will become public.

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