HELSINKI - Tony Halme, a former boxer recently elected to Finland's parliament on a populist right-wing ticket, was on Thursday in hospital after his wife shot him in their home, local press reported. The Helsinki police declined to comment on the case to AFP, saying only that a shot had been fired in his apartment, which ironically is situated on "Sniper Street" in the Finnish capital.
Tabloid Ilitalehti reported on its web site that he had been taken to a hospital by an ambulance following the incident and that that police had arrested his wife.
Helsinki health services also declined to comment whether Halme was in one of their hospitals or not.
Halme, who ran in Helsinki as an independent on the nationalist True Finns ballot, was elected to the legislature in the March 16 general election with over 16,400 votes, only surpassed by then prime minister Paavo Lipponen, who got 26,300.
A former professional boxer who has written several books about his troubled youth and growing up with an alcoholic mother, Halme made headlines just days after the election when he called Finland's President Tarja Halonen a lesbian.
He quickly apolgised for the incident, saying his quote had been taken out of context.
"Sniper Street"? Do they also have a Mugger Street, Rapist Street, and Arsonist Street in Helsinki?
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here's a big clarification from LoP and 1Wrestling:
New facts have come out about the shooting incident that was reported early today. Apparently, the shooting did not happen last Thursday but on July 3rd. Also, it was Mr. Halme who did the shooting and not his wife. Halme apparently came home after a night of drinking, got into an arguement with his wife, left and came back even more intoxicated. When he returned, he got into another argument with his wife, this time taking out a handheld semiautomatic pistol from a drawer and waving it around at her. When the wife tried to take the gun away from him, it accidently went off. However, no one was hurt from the shot. Halme's wife left the apartment right after the gun went off and called the police.
Halme was found unconscious on the couch when the police arrived at his home. He was taken to a local hospital where he remained in a coma for several days. Halme just recently woke up from it a few days ago. During a police raid of his Parliament office, officers found some illegal steroids and painkillers. Halme is awake but not in any condition to answer questions from police as of yet. We'll have more on this situation as it unfolds.