A security guard at Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik
Reinfeldt's residence has been killed by a bullet fired from
his own gun in what police said was being investigated as a
suicide or accidental shooting.
The prime minister was not at home at the time.
"We can confirm that a security guard was found dead from a
gunshot wound from, as far as we can ascertain, his own
service weapon," Stockholm police spokesman Sven-Erik Olsson
Police immediately ringed the Stockholm residence. The
incident caused alarm in a country where a prime minister was
gunned down in the street in 1986 and a foreign minister was
stabbed and killed in a department store in 2003.
Police are investigating the death as a suicide or
work-related accident and said the man, whose identity was
not disclosed, was found inside the house in a small space
adjoining his work area by a colleague returning from a lunch
"Already at an initial stage there were no signs that a crime
had been committed. Our investigators are working on it and
have found nothing to indicate any further people had been
involved," Olsson said.
Police said that when officers arrived at the Sagerska Hus
residence in downtown Stockholm the wounded man was still
alive but he later died of his injuries.
The guard worked for a security services company and was not
part of Reinfeldt's personal bodyguard but had full clearance
to be in the building, police said.
Reinfeldt has been in power since 2006 at the head of a
centre-right coalition that has trimmed Sweden's
cradle-to-grave welfare state and cut taxes.
Police have still not solved the 1986 murder of Prime
Minister Olof Palme, who was gunned down while walking home
with his wife from the cinema.
The killer of Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, stabbed while
shopping in a department store, escaped after the crime, but
was eventually arrested and jailed.