- The Washington Times - Monday, December 2, 2013

A gunman was killed in a shootout with police in Iceland Monday morning, becoming the country’s first fatal shooting by a police officer.

A man in his fifties had been making threats to his neighbors and firing a shotgun at cars outside his apartment window in Reykjavik, Euronews reported.

Armed police entered the man’s apartment at about 6 a.m. local time and exchanged gunfire. The man was shot and two officers were wounded in the operation, but not seriously.

The gunman died at a nearby hospital. It is reportedly the first police-related fatality in the more than 200 years since Iceland began its drive for independence from Denmark, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“Police regret this incident and would like to extend their condolences to the family of the man,” Icelandic Police Chief Haraldur Johannessen said, the BBC reported.

The weapons used by police will be part of an investigation of the case by the special prosecutor.

Icelandic police are generally unarmed except for the special forces unit involved in Monday’s incident, according to the Times.



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