Down Syndrome Man Carrying Toy Gun, Shot Dead By Swedish Police

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A 20-year-old man with Down’s syndrome and a form of autism has been shot dead by police in Sweden while carrying a toy gun.

Officers opened fire on Eric Torell in response to what they described as a “threatening situation” in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Eric had been reported missing after leaving home hours earlier, his family said.

Sky News reports: According to Swedish newspaper Expressen, the man was shot at by at least three officers at 4am on Thursday after he was seen with the plastic toy which resembled a sub-machine gun.

His family had reported Mr Torell, who struggled with speech and only ever used the word “mum”, missing just hours earlier. He had gone missing before.

The man was taken to hospital but was later confirmed dead from his injuries.

Mr Torell’s mother Katarina Soderberg told the newspaper her son was “the kindest person in the world” and that he “wouldn’t hurt a fly”.

Speaking about the toy he was carrying, she said: “He got it as a gift. It looked a little like a sub-machine gun. Until now it was just thrown in a pile of toys.”

Ms Soderberg expressed her anger over the killing, saying her severely disabled son was “like a three-year-old”.

“It’s impossible to understand,” she said. “He wouldn’t hurt a fly. He’s the kindest person in the world.”

An investigation into possible police misconduct is reportedly under way.


  1. At least he died…imagine if he lived and was say…crippled or … more fucked up … and hey… if he was saved..hes going to heaven….. and if he wasn’t saved… there was no point in his life anyway…. so no big deal really.. except for the wanker who was supposed to take care of they will live with their mistake forever… buggerrr… oouuuchhhh

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