The police in East Iceland shot and wounded an armed man in Egilsstaðir last night, Mbl.is reports. No police officers were injured. The man has been transferred to the University Hospital in Reykjavík for treatment.
Shortly after 10 pm yesterday, the police in East Iceland was notified of an individual firing shots in Dalsel, a residential area in Egilsstaðir. In an interview with Mbl.is, Þröstur Jónsson, a resident of Dalsel, stated that he had heard “popping noises, as if from a skateboard,” from inside his garage. Stepping outside, Þröstur observed as police officers ordered the man to lay down his weapon. It is not clear at this point what kind of weapon the man was brandishing.
The gunman, approximately 30 years of age, was reportedly standing in the street, in front of a police vehicle, when the officers shot him in the stomach. The man was treated by emergency respondents and transferred to the University Hospital in Reykjavík in an ambulance flight. The man’ condition remains unknown, although multiple sources report that he is alive. No police officers were wounded.
No further information will be provided by the East Iceland police at this time.
Cannot comment at this stage of the investigation
In an interview with RÚV, Kolbrún Benediktsdóttir, Deputy District Attorney, revealed that the DA’s office had dispatched personnel to investigate the shooting. “The investigation is in its initial stages, so we can’t comment.”
When asked about the next steps of the investigation, Kolbrún remarked that the DA’s office would be conducting interviews over the coming days.
(This article was updated on 3 pm.)