The police are considering whether to report themselves to the Norwegian Bureau for the Investigation of Police Affairs (Spesialenheten for politisaker) since the five killings in Kongsberg probably happened after the police were already on the scene, according to NTB.
“If we come across information that indicates that there is a basis for starting an investigation against us, we will send the case to the bureau,” police chief Ole Bredrup Sæverud in the Southeastern Police District told the newspaper VG.
The police fired warning shots in connection with the arrest of the perpetrator. Such warning shots often provide a basis for an assessment by the Bureau for the Investigation of Police Affairs.
“We have been concerned with providing the information that the bureau needs, and then it will be up to them to assess whether there is a basis for starting an investigation,” Sæverud said.
Friend warned police about Kongsberg attacker in 2017
A childhood friend of the man charged with the Kongsberg attack warned the police in 2017.
In the 2017 report, the friend wrote the following: “The police should know who this person is, and I really hope you follow up before lives are lost… I hope the police take this seriously.”
However, the friend doesn’t feel that his 2017 concerns were heard.
“I don’t think they looked at the case seriously. I’m not sure if they warned the PST,” the friend told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).
Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews
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