Police: 2 arrested in connection with Copenhagen attacks

Two suspects were arrested in connection to the Copenhagen shootings over the weekend.
A police officer stands guard in front of a cultural center where an alleged shooter killed one person on Saturday in Copenhagen, Denmark, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. Danish police shot and killed the man early Sunday suspected of carrying out shooting attacks at a free speech event and then at a Copenhagen synagogue, killing a Danish documentary filmmaker and a member of the Scandinavian country's Jewish community. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – Danish police said Monday that they have arrested two men suspected of helping the gunman who carried out two deadly shooting attacks over the weekend in Copenhagen.

Police in Copenhagen said the arrests were made on Sunday and that the two men will face a custody hearing on Monday.

The defense attorney for one of the two suspects, Michael Juul Eriksen, told public broadcaster DR that the two were accused of giving the gunman shelter and getting rid of a weapon.

The suspect killed two people in his weekend attacks, including a Danish filmmaker and a member of Denmark’s Jewish community. He first opened fire Saturday at a cultural center hosting a seminar on free speech with an artist who had caricatured the Prophet Muhammad and then later at security forces outside a synagogue, police said. Hours later the suspect was killed in a gun battle with a SWAT team.

Police say the slain gunman was a 22-year-old with a history of violence and may have been inspired by Islamic terrorists – and possibly by the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris. They have not yet released his name.

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