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Suspect shot after firing at police during car chase near Nokia

Authorities are still investigating the sequence of events, which included a high-speed car chase through the Pirkanmaa region. The injured suspect is in stable condition in hospital.

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The suspects led police on a 60-km chase through the Pirkanmaa region. Image: Yle Uutisgrafiikka

One person was shot by police in Huittinen, south-central Finland, on Saturday evening. The individual was in a car from which shots had earlier been fired at police in the town of Nokia, near Tampere. The injured suspect is in stable condition in hospital.

Authorities are still investigating the sequence of events, which included a high-speed car chase through the Pirkanmaa region.

The events began just after 6 pm when police tried to stop a car after receiving a report of a drunk driver in Nokia. Shots were immediately fired at police before the car drove off. During the ensuing chase, more shots were fired at police, who were not injured.

Five shootings by police this year

Police lost sight of the vehicle, but were eventually able to bring it to a halt in Huittinen, some 60 kilometres away, shortly before 10 pm. The driver and the passenger were detained, and on the process the latter was shot by police. Officers from several police districts used heavy equipment in the operation, including at least one armoured vehicle.

Route 12 was closed for about three hours.

This was at least the fifth incident in recent months in which suspects have been injured by police bullets. The previous incidents occurred in May in Oulu, then twice on the same July weekend in Helsinki and Vaasa, and in Turku after the stabbing attack a month ago.

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