Iceland police fatally shoot person for first time in 210-years

Officers responding to noise complaint in suburb of Reykjavik kill man after being fired at

Iceland’s police fatally shot a person for the first time in the 210-year history of law enforcement on the north Atlantic island.

Police killed the man after being fired on as they responded to a noise complaint in the Arbaer suburb of Reykjavik earlier today, according to Stefan Eiriksson, commissioner of the Icelandic capital's metropolitan police.

Police tried to gain entry to the apartment of a man who was shooting at vehicles in a residential area.

Officers responded with fatal gunfire after being shot at, Mr Eiriksson said today in a live radio broadcast press conference.


The gunman, who has not been identified, was taken to a local hospital where he was declared dead.

Only one homicide was committed in Iceland, which has a population of some 322,000 people, in the first 11 months of this year, according to preliminary figures from the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police.