Iceland Police Kill For First Time

    REYKJAVIK, ICELAND - NOVEMBER 08:  Seen from Iceland's capital Reykjavik, the  billowing ash plume from Eyjafjallajokull volcano during it's eruption.on May 15, 2013 in Reykjavik, Iceland.  The volcano is only 120 kilometers distant from the city. (Photo by Etienne De Malglaive/Getty Images)

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    With little violent crime, Iceland’s police have never killed someone in an armed police operation. On Monday, that changed when police shot dead a 59-year-old man who lived just east of the capital, Reykjavik. According to reports, the man was firing a shotgun in his apartment, and failed to respond to police attempts to reach him and stop his shooting. Subsequently, police fired tear gas canisters and then shot the man, who is believed to have been alone. "Police regret this incident and would like to extend their condolences to the family of the man," said Icelandic police chief Haraldur Johannessen. Two members of the police force were injured by the man’s shooting.

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