Police In Iceland Killed A Citizen For The First Time Ever (DETAILS)
For the first time in its history Icelandic police shot and killed a citizen yesterday.
The man, in his late 50s, was firing a shotgun from inside his apartment in Reijavik when Special Forces showed up to investigate. The police fired tear gas into the man’s apartment and was confronted with shotgun blasts after they entered his apartment. The police fired back, striking the man who died later at hospital.
“Police regret this incident and would like to extend their condolences to the family of the man,” Icelandic police chief Haraldur Johannessen told reporters.
The incident was “without precedent” in Iceland, he said.
The apartment block was evacuated as neighbours were considered to be in danger.
Iceland, with a population of 322,000, has one of the lowest crime rates in the world and shooting incidents are unusual.
Police members are receiving counseling for their trauma.
Counselling is being provided to the special forces team.
An investigation is being carried out into the conduct of the police and to try to find out why the man began firing.