COPENHAGEN—The Swedish prosecutor in charge of investigating whether police committed an error when fatally shooting a 20-year-old man with a disability who waved a toy gun, said Friday that it has emerged that several officers opened fire.
“The man held a weapon-like object and officers opened fire after judging the situation as threatening,” Martin Tiden said, adding that the probe was “routine” because policemen had used their firearms. No police officers are suspected of foul play, he said.
“It has subsequently been established that the object was some kind of toy,” Tiden said, and “more than one police officer made use of his firearm.”
Torell’s mother Katarina Soderberg told the Expressen newspaper that her son was “the world’s sweetest and most lovable person.”Soderberg said that Torell, who had Down Syndrome and autism and struggled to communicate, had been reported missing after leaving home hours earlier.