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Man who ‘threatened’ Norway police shot in Bergen

A 36-year-old man was shot by police in the city of Bergen Tuesday morning after he threatened officers with a weapon.

Man who 'threatened' Norway police shot in Bergen
Photo: Marit Hommedal/NTB scanpix

Police were informed at 2am Tuesday morning that a man had been seen carrying a firearm in the city’s Møhlenpris neighbourhood, reports newspaper Bergens Tidende.

“A resident heard voices outside an apartment and saw from the window a man holding a weapon speak to another man before moving on. The witness described the weapon as a pistol,” operation leader Lars Geitle of Police District West told the newspaper.

Armed police were dispatched to the location and approached the man in the Welhavens gate street at 02:16, according to the report.

“The man threatened the patrol and pointed the weapon at them. One of the officers then fired a shot at the man, which hit him in the leg. The man was subsequently given prompt first aid by police and ambulance personnel,” Geitle said.

Police in Norway have been involved fatal shootings only four times since 2002. 

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An ambulance, which had been waiting nearby, transported the man to hospital after he received first aid.

The man remained conscious after the shooting, said police. His condition was later confirmed as not critical.

He has not yet undergone police questioning.

Norway’s Police incident commissions board (Spesialenheten for politisaker) is aware of the shooting and the area has now been secured for further investigation, including by the commission, reports Bergens Tidende.

“We are awaiting officials regarding the safety element. It is not pleasant to be in a situation like this,” Geitle said.

The officer declined to confirm the type of weapon carried by the man or whether he was known to police prior to the incident.

He will be charged with making threats against police, according to the report. 

READ ALSO: Norway police involved in rare shooting

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Norwegian police end emergency carrying of arms

The temporary arming of all police in Norway, ordered after an attack in Kongsberg left five dead, ended on Friday morning. 

Police in Norway will no longer be armed after the temporary order was dropped. Pictured is a police van in Oslo.
Police in Norway will no longer be armed after the temporary order was dropped. Pictured is a police van in Oslo. Photo by David Hall on Flickr.

The order for all police in Norway to be armed following an attack in Kongsberg last week was lifted on Friday morning. 

The police said in a statement Friday that, based on the information it had received from police security service PST, there was no longer any basis for maintaining the national armament order. 

“Norwegian police are basically unarmed in daily service, with firearms being stored in police vehicles, and police can be armed in connection with specific missions when needed. In that sense, we are now moving to a normal situation,” Tone Vangen, emergency preparedness director for the police, said in a statement

The police had been armed since last Wednesday following the incident in Kongsberg where Danish citizen Espen Andersen Bråthen killed five with an undisclosed sharp object and shot at police with a bow and arrow.

During police questioning, Bråthen confessed to the killings and to wounding three others. 

Police said earlier this week that the victims were chosen at random. The Danish citizen was undergoing a psychiatric evaluation, which is necessary to determine whether Bråthen can be held legally responsible for his actions.

The 37-year-old had previously announced publicly that he had converted to Islam and police initially reported that there had been fears of radicalisation. 

But police later said that mental illness was to be considered the primary motive for the attack. 

 “As far as motive is concerned, illness remains the main hypothesis. And as far as conversion to Islam is concerned, this hypothesis is weakened,” police inspector Per Thomas Omholt said to reporters earlier this week. 

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