Suspect in Lihula shooting punished for misuse of firearm in the past

Site of the shooting next to Lihula Olerex.
Site of the shooting next to Lihula Olerex. Source: Juhan Hepner / ERR

The suspect in the killing of two people near a gas station last night in Lihula, 32-year-old Mikk has been serving as a board member of a private medical services company since 2015 that has offered nursing services at the Police and Border Guard Board's (PPA) detention center and the Tallinn house of detention. He has been punished for shooting at a residential building and possession of explosives in the past.

The suspect graduated from the Tallinn Healthcare College as a nurse in 2015 and has been active in various working groups, studied abroad for a time and taught classes at the college.

The police confirmed the suspect has misused firearms in the past. Prefect Kaido Kõplas said the incident took place in 2007.

The suspect has also worked at the Tallinn Children's Hospital and is obtaining a master's degree from the healthcare college. He was a member of the Defense League until 2013 and has served on the board of the Tallinn unit of the Young Eagles junior voluntary defense organization.

The suspect was convicted of firing shots at an apartment building wall using an unlicensed Parabellum P08 pistol in 2008. There were people in the building at the time and the shots hit the kitchen windows of two apartments, which is why the perpetrator was convinced of aggravated breach of public order. He was ordered to pay a fine.

The same ruling also found the man guilty of possession of explosives after 38.91 grams of the explosive penthrite was discovered in his home.

The suspect has no valid punishments and held a valid weapons permit at the time of the events on Saturday evening. Kõplas said during a press conference on Sunday that the suspect knows how to use a gun and apparently owns firearms for protection and sport.

Preliminary information suggests the suspect could have fired three different weapons in Lihula, while it remains unclear whether he used all of them.


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