Icelandic police kill someone for first time ever

AIt was the first-ever armed police operation, officials said. With a population of only 322,000 and one of the lowest crime rates in the world, police rarely draw their weapons in the island nation.

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It was the first-ever armed police operation, officials said. With a population of only 322,000 and one of the lowest crime rates in the world, police rarely draw their weapons in the island nation.

LONDON — Police in Iceland said Monday they shot dead a gunman — the first time armed police have killed someone in the nation.

Iceland, which has a tiny population of around 320,000, has a low crime rate and gun violence is extremely rare. Its regular police force does not carry firearms.

The incident was

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The incident was “without precedent” in Iceland’s history, national police chief Haraldur Johannessen told a press conference in Reykjavik.

Haraldur Johannessen, National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police, said Monday’s incident was unprecedented.

Police said officers were called to an apartment in the Reykjavik suburb of Arbaer early Monday when a man fired a shotgun from inside the flat. Two policemen, who were not armed, were shot at when trying to enter the gunman’s apartment.

A police officer stands guard at a house where a man was shot dead by poilce in Reykjaiík on December 2.

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A police officer stands guard at a house where a man was shot dead by poilce in Reykjaiík on December 2.

Witnesses told local media that a smoke bomb was thrown into the apartment through a broken window in efforts to subdue the man. A special armed unit then entered and fired at the man, who was rushed to the hospital, where he died. No one else has been injured.

“All available members of the police force were deployed, and they tried to subdue him, but it was not successful,” Reykjavik Metropolitan Police Commissioner Stefan Eiriksson told a press conference, according to local media website Visir. “The man began to shoot out the window of the apartment and it was decided to take action.”

The motives of the man, who has not been named, are unclear. According to RUV, Iceland’s national television station, the gunman was a man in his fifties and had been making threats to his neighbors.

Shotguns for hunting are legal in Iceland. Many Icelanders believe that the country rarely sees gun violence in part because handguns are banned.


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