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Danish policeman shot in the head dies in hospital

First officer to be killed on duty in Denmark since 1995, and the fifteenth since the end of World War II

The offender was arrested shortly after the shooting about 4 km from the scene (photo: iStock)
December 7th, 2016 5:06 pm| by Lucie Rychla

A 43-year-old police officer, who on Tuesday was shot in the head at close-range outside Albertslund Police Station, has succumbed to his injuries and died.

“My thoughts are with the relatives and the officer’s many colleagues who have demonstrated great professionalism in this difficult and tragic moment,” stated Kim Christiansen, the head of Copenhagen’s police department for the west suburbs.

On Tuesday morning it seemed the police officer was out of danger, but during the afternoon he started having complications and died on Wednesday at 14:18 at Rigshospital surrounded by his family.

READ MORE: Policeman shot in Copenhagen’s western suburbs

The policeman was shot by a 26-year-old mentally unstable man from Glostrup, who stole the gun from a shooting club in Rødovre.

The offender was arrested half an hour after the shooting about four kilometres from the scene.

He has initially been charged with manslaughter and will remain in custody for at least four weeks.

The shot policeman is the first officer to be killed while on duty in Denmark since 1995, and the fifteenth since the end of World War II.

Denmark’s policemen killed on duty:

19 September 1945 – police detective Eiler Niels Lindvang, 28, is shot and killed in a Copenhagen apartment while attempting to arrest the 42-year-old theif, Otto Neess

8 August 1950 – police officer Harry W E Hansen, 59, is shot and killed by Helmer Egon Nielsen in Randers

18 September 1965 – four police officers (Gert Søndergaard Harkjær, 24, Henning Skov Hansen, 24, Elmer Gert Jeppesen, 24, and Aksel Dybdal Andersen, 28) are shot and killed by 28-year-old Palle Sørensen on Amager

6 July 1971 – police detective Arne Petersen, 36, was shot by 21-year-old Kaj Adam Lauersen in Rosted in Djursland

3 March 1975 – police detective Kurt Bjarne Jensen, 30, was stabbed to death in Christianshavn on his way home from work by 28-year-old Erik Lennart Holm

31 October 1987 – police officer Steen Kleist Carlsen, 25, was stabbed in the throat by the 30-year-old Iranian national Moin Mohammad Saleh Najm in Copenhagen. Carlsen dies for hours later from excessive blood loss

31 August 1985 – reserve officer Ulrik Kristoffersen is shot and killed by a boat theif during an arrest in Frederikshåb in Greenland

3 November 1988 – 22-year-old police officer Jesper Egtved Hansen is shot and killed by the Blekingegade Gang while during an armed robbery attempt against the post office on Købmagergade. It is unknown who exactly fired the shot that killed the young policeman

20 December 1994 – police officer Morten Ulrik Jørgensen is dragged 10-15 metres after a stolen Toyota Corolla and later dies from his injuries

16 June 1995 – the motorcycle policeman Morten Mortensen, 41, was shot twice and killed while responding to a bank robbery in Aarhus. 32-year-old Frenchman, Eric Boucher, was convicted for the murder

20 September 2008 –  PET agent Karsten Krabbe, 53, is killed in the terror bombing of Hotel Marriott in Islamabad, Pakistan

6 December 2016 – A 43-year-old police dog handler is shot in the head in at the police station in Albertslund and dies in hospital the following day. A 26-year-old man is arrested