A murder suspect who had been on the run for 15 months was turned away from a police station when he tried to hand himself in.

Saleh Hadri, 45, who is accused of killing Bröderskapet Wolfpack gang leader Alex Ghara Mohammadi in 2011, was apparently told that the station in Malmö, Sweden was closed when he turned up to be apprehended by authorities.

According to Swedish news site The Local, Hadri arrived with a reporter from daily newspaper Sydsvenskan to surrender but someone on the intercom informed him that as it was outside of working hours he would need to go elsewhere.

A surprised Hadri is believed to have responded: "Closed? I said I'm suspected of murder and a wanted man. You guys really want to get a hold of me."

Hadri, who maintains his innocence, was later redirected to a different police station, where he was finally taken into custody.

"It's a little strange that a person who has been a suspect for such a long time - and even expressed a strong wish to come home - doesn't get help but is required to come home on his own, despite the existence of an arrest warrant," said Hadri's defence attorney Gunnar Falk.

Hadri says he came back because he wanted to defend himself against the allegations

"I'd be an idiot to come back otherwise," he told the tabloid Kvällsposten.

A spokesman for the Malmö police department blamed renovations at the station for the bizarre incident.