Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Justifiable homicide

Police called in special forces to contend with a 59-year-old man brandishing a shotgun for unknown reasons in an apartment building in the east of the capital. The other occupants in the apartment block were evacuated for their own safety. The unidentified man refused to respond to police attempts to communicate with him. They lobbed teargas into the windows, but when that failed to stop him 15 to 20 officers entered the building. They were fired upon and 2 of them were injured, one in the face and the other in the hand. At that point, lethal force was used to bring an end to the incident. "All available members of the police force were deployed, and they tried to subdue him, but it was not successful. The man began to shoot out the window of the apartment and it was decided to take action," explained Metropolitan Police Commissioner Stefan Eiriksson. Why did this make international headlines? Because, although one quarter of the population of 322,000 are gun owners, this is the first time someone has been killed in an armed police operation in Iceland.


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