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Friday's papers: Police shoot armed man, Espoo child murder details and Labrador still top dog

The press reports on cops shooting a man in the foot, a tragic killing in Espoo and the most-loved dog breed in Finland.

Kuvassa vaalea ja musta Labradorinnoutaja
Labrador is the most popular dog breed in Finland. Image: Yle / Ida-Liina Huurtela

Police shot an armed man in Suonenjoki, Eastern Finland on Thursday evening, reported Kuopio’s Savon Sanomat.

The police were looking for a suspect in his thirties who was in possession of unauthorised firearms, the regional daily reported. Following a manhunt involving several police patrols from Kuopio and Suonenjoki, officers located him in the yard of a private residence.

The man was shot in the foot when he refused to give up his weapon despite police orders, the report stated. According to Savon Sanomat, the man is known to have a previous criminal record which prompted police to take action and apprehend him before he caused any serious harm.

The suspect charged with firearm offences and violent resistance was sent to the Kuopio University Hospital to be treated. The report said his injuries were not life-threatening.

Eastern Finland Police revealed that no bystanders were injured in this incident. According to the paper, the police’s use of weapons is being investigated by the prosecutor at the Häme Police Department.

Espoo child killing: details emerge

More details emerge around the tragic story of a mother suspected of killing her child in the Suurpelto area of Espoo on Sunday.

Tabloid Iltalehti reports that the 35-year-old English teacher suspected of murdering her two-year-old was granted a divorce from her husband just over a week before the alleged homicide. The woman's husband filed for the divorce in the spring of last year, the report said.

Details also emerged that just a few days before the gruesome incident, the court had issued an interim injunction regarding the custody arrangements of the child.

IL reported that the mother wanted the child to spend an equal amount of time with both parents. However, the court reportedly held the father's proposed arrangement of spending two days a week with his mother as that would be in the best interests of the child. Iltalehti also reported that the father was afraid that the mother would leave Finland.

In October 2019, the suspect had reportedly applied for a restraining order against her husband, but she subsequently withdrew her application.

The couple who married in 2011 lived in three other countries before moving to Finland in January 2019.

According to IL, the suspect has confessed to the crime. There were no other people in the apartment at the time of the act and the police have no other suspects.

Coronavirus warning

The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) published guidelines for travellers on Thursday in lieu of the deadly coronavirus outbreak that originated in the city of Wuhan in China.

It was reported Friday morning that two tourists visiting Finland from Wuhan in China are suspected of being infected with the coronavirus.

Daily Helsingin Sanomat reported THL’s statement which urges travellers to follow proper hand hygiene, avoid contact with anyone with a respiratory tract infection and to steer clear from markets selling live and dead animals for human consumption. Travellers must also avoid uncooked or poorly cooked meat, unpasteurised dairy products and unwashed vegetables and fruits.

THL also gave strict instructions to those returning from Wuhan to Finland to immediately contact their nearest health centres if they develop respiratory symptoms or a fever.

In addition to fever, symptoms of coronavirus include cough and shortness of breath.

Labradors still most popular

Last year, the Finnish Kennel Club registered a total of 45,111 dogs, of which 2,307 were labradors — making the breed the most popular in the country, reports Swedish-language daily Hufvudstadsbladet

The labrador has been the most popular breed since 2010, according to the report, which stated that last year, 112 more labradors were registered than in 2018.

“Labrador is one of the most popular breeds. They are great, friendly and easy to manage,” Finnish Kennel Club president Harri Lehkonen was quoted saying.

Greyhounds were the second most popular breed in Finland, followed by German Shepherds, the report stated.

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