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Man, 73, shoots dead Finnish police officer

Published 18/06/2016

A Finnish pensioner shot dead a police officer
A Finnish pensioner shot dead a police officer

A 73-year-old man has shot dead a Finnish police officer and seriously wounded another after they approached a remote countryside property where gunfire had been reported.

Police in Vihti, north west of Helsinki, dispatched several officers to the property late on Friday.

They were targeted by gunfire as they approached the house and one shot fatally wounded a 30-year-old policeman and seriously wounded another.

The gunman eventually committed suicide, possibly by shooting himself, police said.

President Sauli Niinisto said the country was "upset" and Interior Minister Petteri Orpo wrote on Twitter that he was "shocked".

Since Finland's independence from Russia in 1917, 130 police officers have been killed while on duty, according to Finnish police. Finnish broadcaster YLE said the last time that happened was in 2007.

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