The first time in the history of Iceland that the police have shot somebody. Iceland is somewhat pro gun with about a third of Iclanders legaly owning firearms.
A 59-year-old man was shot and killed by police, who were called to the man’s apartment east of Iceland’s capital because someone reported gunshots being fired inside. It’s an event that might not even make the news in some countries.
In Reykjavik, the incident was front-page coverage and ultimately garnered a national apology from the country’s top police official: It was the first time that the country’s police have ever shot anybody in an operation. Ever.
The incident happened early Monday morning after officers were called to the apartment in a suburb of the capital, according to Iceland and foreign media accounts. When efforts to subdue the man failed, a special armed unit tried to enter the home. The man shot at them, then police shot back. The man died at the hospital, and the motives in this case remain unclear. Two of the police officers were slightly wounded.
The only officers permitted to carry firearms are on a special force called the Viking Squad, and they are seldom called out.
In addition, there are, comparatively speaking, few hard drugs in Iceland.
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Viking Squad, or Víkingasveitin, how cool is that?