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    Finnish Police Open Fire on Gunman in Center of Helsinki

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    HELSINKI (Sputnik) - Helsinki police have opened fire in the center of the city due to a situation with an armed man in the street, the press service of a Helsinki law enforcement agency said.

    "The police received information about a man wielding a gun in the street. The police held talks with the man. However, at about 6:00 a.m. [03:00 GMT] the situation worsened, and police had to use firearms," the statement read.

    The incident occurred at the intersection of Mannerheimintie Street and Korppaanmaentie Street, Helsingin Sanomat reported, citing witnesses.

    ​A case on the use of weapons by police officers has been directed to the General Prosecutor's Office for investigation. The gunman was injured in the incident and has been taken to a hospital, the media platform added.

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