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Mon, 03 Oct, 2016 12:02:05 AM
FTimes-STT Report, Oct 3
A motorist was killed when police fired gunshot at him on Highway 4 near Orimattila area in Päijät Häme on Sunday afternoon. Photo Lehtikuva.
A motorist was killed when police opened fire on him on Highway 4 near the Orimattila area in Päijät Häme on Sunday afternoon.
The police said the person was in a vehicle, which was over-speeding and creating traffic hazard on the road.
The law enforcers stopped the vehicle and fired at him resulting in spot death of the victim.
The police, however, did not say whether the deceased was the driver or passenger of the vehicle.
Detective Chief Inspector Pälvi Suokas did not divulge details of the incident as the investigation in this regard is on.
“Partly due to the investigation, and partly for other reasons related to the investigation, I cannot comment on any details,” said Suokas.
Photo Lehtikuva.
The case has been transferred to the Office of the Prosecutor for investigation.
The incident disrupted vehicular movement on the highway and caused serious traffic congestion, the police said.
Law-enforcers have used firearms not only on Sunday but on several occasions this year.
In May, police fired gunshots at the legs of a man in Helsinki. In that incident, police were pursuing a wanted person, who tried to escape and posed a threat with both a bladed weapon and pepper spray. 
In April, police shot an aggressively behaving man in Lahti. 
At that time, the police said they had received a private home security alert, when the raging man also attacked police officers.
In March, police used firearms in Petäjävesi in an incident where the man who was shot died. According to the police, the man threatened to shoot police officers.
Last year, the so-called Oulu Ax Killer was killed by a police bullet.
The police in total generally fire their weapons a couple of dozen times each year, often as warning shots.
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