The man who was shot and killed by the Norwegian police in Telemark had an ax

Crime technicians at the scene where a man in his 30s on Tuesday afternoon was shot and killed by the police at Bolkesjø tourist hotel in Telemark.Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB
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The man who was killed by the Norwegian police on Tuesday afternoon had an ax, according to the man’s colleagues.

The man is also said to have suffered mentally.

On Tuesday afternoon, a man in his 30s was shot and killed by police at Bolkesjø tourist hotel in Telemark.

Newspaper Varden writes that the man in his 30s called a colleague at his workplace in Notodden on Tuesday.

The man was on sick leave for a period and has suffered mentally.

A difficult situation

The conversation made the colleague worried, leading to the colleague going to Bolkesjø together with another person from the company.

“When they entered the apartment, he came towards them with an ax. He did not threaten them with the ax, but they still decided that getting out was the safest thing to do in the situation. He shouldn’t have followed them out of the apartment,” the owner of the company where the deceased man worked said.

The two colleagues of the man then called the police.

A witness Varden has spoken to says that he heard what he thinks were three gunshots after the police entered the apartment.

The company owner told newspaper VG that his colleagues might have heard four gunshots.

Police chief Ole Bredrup Sæverud said that the police officials involved in the shooting were not taken out of service.

“At this time, there is no reason for that,” Sæverud said.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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