Iceland's police officers shot and killed an armed suspect for the first time in their nation's history on Monday morning in the eastern part of Reykjavík. According to the BBC, the police tried to subdue the man, a 59-year-old, with a tear-gas canister. When that didn't work, two officers entered the apartment where the man was holed up. The second officer shot the gunman after he'd already shot and injured two officers, shooting one in his helmet. Iceland's National Police Commissioner, Haraldur Johannessen, said during a press conference that the incident "has no precedent in this country."
Armed gun men aren't the norm, and Iceland's police officers only started carrying guns in 2011, according to the Iceland Review. And while this isn't the first shooter in Iceland, or the first time the police fired at one, this is the first time a gunman has died by police fire in Iceland. Ever.
Which is why it's the top story on all of the major Iceland news outlets. RÚV, the state-owned television station, produced a grisly video of police investigating the crime scene. It's a minute of police officers examining shell casings mixed with curious onlookers and long streaks of bright red blood on the pavement. And as reported by Morgunblaðið, a local church is offering counseling to residents of the apartment complex where the shooting took place.