Disabled Swede with toy gun was shot dead by ‘several’ cops

A disabled man holding a toy gun was shot dead by more than one police officer in Stockholm early on Thursday, agencies said citing Chief prosecutor Martin Tidén.

The tragic incident happened in the capital’s Vasastan district after what police described as a “threatening situation”.

Eric Torell, 20, with ‘Down Syndrome’ and autism died in a hospital on Thursday afternoon.

Tidén said a preliminary investigation has been launched.

While public have a right to know and they are demanding quick answers, investigators should be given time to methodically and thoroughly do their job, he said, adding that none of the police officers are suspected now.

Stockholm’s regional chief of police Ulf Johansson said sometimes police have to take decisions within seconds in unclear yet seemingly dangerous situations. Johansson declined to comment on the shooting as he feared it may mislead the investigation.

Torell’s mother Katarina Soderberg told the Expressen newspaper that her son was the sweetest and most lovable person.

According to her, Torell left home early on Thursday carrying the toy gun, a present he got for his fifth birthday, and he was reported missing hours later.

He could barely speak. All he could utter was “mommy, mommy,” Soderberg said.

Sweden’s public radio said Torell was the sixth person this year to have been shot dead by police.