Current Event Cat of the Day: Iceland Police Shooting

Current EVent Cat - Police In Iceland

Today marks an important event in Iceland’s history – for the first time ever, Icelandic police  shot someone dead.

Iceland’s first-ever armed police operation began in the early hours of Monday when a presumably drunk man in his late 50s began shooting at cars from his balcony, forcing police to evacuate residents of the building in east Reykjavik (aka the new Detroit). Police then fired gas canisters through his windows in an attempt to immobilize him, but that just made him angry and he began shooting out the windows of his apartment. The man was still firing away when the police swat team entered so the police returned fire and the man got hit. Fatally hit. He later died in the hospital.

“The police regrets this incident and wishes to extend its condolences to the man’s family,” said national police chief Johannessen.

Johannessen also said that the incident was “without precedent” in Iceland, a country with a population of only 322,000 and one of the lowest crime rates in the world. Correction: a population of only 321,999…

In Iceland, police officers on routine patrol do not carry a firearm and gun violence is a rarity. In 2009 there were only 4 gun related deaths (compared to 31,347 in the U.S.) Iceland is understandably pretty shook up about the whole thing – especially the guy who pulled the trigger, earning himself the title of Iceland’s deadliest cop. As a result of the incident 10 members of the special forces team and one cat will be provided with traumatic-counseling. Yes, in Iceland even cats are entitled to mental health counseling. Where do I sign up?

Via: BBC News

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