The 48-year-old man who was shot by police in Slagelse in the early morning hours of Friday has died, TV2 News has reported.
The death was confirmed by Den Uafhængige Politiklagemyndighed (DUP), an independent body that is investigating the shooting.
The man was shot in the groin by police officers after he refused to drop a knife despite warning shots from the police. He was originally reported as being in a critical condition but was later on Friday reported to be out of danger. DUP said the man died Sunday afternoon in the hospital but did not release details on how or when his condition changed for the worse.
Thrown out of pub
The man had been thrown out of the Old Irish Pub in Slagelse in central Zealand before returning to the scene and confronting the doorman, whom the man allegedly threatened to kill. The reason given for the man being removed from the club was that he refused to put his coat in the cloakroom.
Kristian Palmann Jensen of DUP said that the investigation into the shooting would continue.
“Now we will obviously never get the 48-year-old’s version, but we have many witnesses so we feel like we can still figure out what happened,” Jensen told TV2.
According to TV2, the man leaves behind three children and will be buried in his family’s home country of Turkey.
Although the number of shooting incidents in Denmark is on the rise, mostly due to gang violence, police shootings remain rare. While there have been incidents of warning shots fired over the last year, the number of persons killed by police bullets since 2006 is less than ten, according to statistics from the state attorney’s office.