Police in Iceland Shoot and Kill a Suspect For the First Time in History

December 2 2013
by GSL Staff
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800px-Iceland_sat_cleanedAccording to a report from EuroNews.com, police in Iceland have shot and killed an armed suspect.

To those of us in the US, that might not be a very alarming headline. However, this was the first time that any police officer in Iceland ever shot and killed a suspect…ever.

According to EuroNews,

Shortly after 05:00 am local time the man started to fire shots from a window. Police returned fire. According to eyewitnesses, some sort of smoke bomb was thrown into the apartment through a broken window. Armed police entered the apartment of the gunman at around 06:00 am and the man was shot in the process. He was taken out in a stretcher and taken to hospital before being pronounced dead.

Iceland’s lack of crime is well documented. Iceland has one of the lowest homicide rates in the modern world, usually going without a murder for over a year.

The country also more closely resembles the US as far as gun ownership than the EU. Icelanders own over 90,000 guns – with a population of just over 300,000. This is in comparison to the estimated fewer than 1,500 guns owned by the government and police agencies (yes, 1,500).

Although Iceland does have fairly strict ownership requirements for firearms and does limit the types of guns that can be owned.

Does the fact that 1 in 3 Icelanders may have firearms in their home help to keep their crime rate at one of the lowest in the world?

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