It took 34 minutes before the police received the first report of the incident in Kongsberg on Wednesday until the accused perpetrator was arrested.
37-year-old Espen Andersen Bråthen is charged after the attack in which five people were killed and three people were injured.
Chief of Police Ole Bredrup Sæverud says that they have received a somewhat more overview of the course of events.
At 18.13, the police received the first report. At 18.17, they received a PLIVO message (Ongoing life-threatening violence). One minute later, at 18.18, the first patrol is on the scene and in contact with the accused, the police chief states.
Police were shot twice
– It takes place inside Coop Extra, the patrol is armed. As soon as they come in contact with the accused, they are immediately shot with a bow and arrow. It does not happen just once, it happens twice, says Sæverud to TV 2 and continues:
– They were not in a position to fire shots themselves. They get access to a third police officer who comes with protective equipment, and then the perpetrator manages to get out. How and when, I do not know.
– How did the police lose contact with him?
– It was in connection with them being shot at, gaining access to more protective equipment, so that one can go more into the situation. Then he gets away, the policeman says.
Sæverud says that the police then receive reports of observations through Kongsberg center and there is an active search for the man using several resources. The accused was arrested at 18.47.
Will not answer
– What is the reason why it takes 34 minutes before he was arrested?
– It takes so long before they manage to locate him and get in a position to fire a warning shot and arrest the perpetrator, Sæverud says.
– Is it good enough that it takes 34 minutes before he is arrested?
– Now we are in a phase where we have to map everything thoroughly. We have an ambition that the investigation will be so good that we can answer these questions. It will take a while before we can answer that, he says.
Consent to imprisonment
On Friday, the accused 37-year-old will be produced for custody in Buskerud District Court.
The man’s defender, Fredrik Neumann, informs TV 2 that he agrees to imprisonment. He also states that he must undergo a full judicial observation of him.
The mayor: – A mixture of shock, a little anger and numbness
PST says the killings in Kongsberg appear to be an act of terrorism. According to the police, Bråthen is a convert to Islam, and they have received several reports of radicalization of the 37-year-old.
PST confirmed on Thursday that Bråthen was known to them from before, but also points out that the accused will undergo a judicial observation with a view to obtaining a professional assessment of the question of sanity.
– This is a person who has been going in and out of the health service for a while, so I think it is important that we get this history out, says PST chief Hans Sverre Sjøvold.