Charges brought against Egilsstaðir shooter

22.11.2021 - 13:42
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The district prosecutor has issued charges against the man at the centre of a gun-related incident in a residential area of Egilsstaðir, East Iceland, this August. The police shot the man in the end and he spent time in intensive care as a result of his injury. The man was remanded in custody when able to leave hospital.

Friðrik Smári Björgvinsson, assistant prosecutor from the office of the district prosecutor, has confirmed to RÚV that the man now faces charges. The charges have not been publicly published yet, however, and RÚV has not seen the contents of the document. 

Information made public during the investigation include that it was investigated as a potential breach of laws surrounding attempted murder, attack on the rule of law, general assault, threats, and danger to public safety—as well weapons laws and child protection laws. It is not clear before charges are made public which of these potential offences the man is formally accused of. 

People living on the street did not know what was happening when the man started shooting in all directions; leaving bullet holes in several different properties. Witnesses were terrified; including both local residents and schoolchildren who were in a nearby forested area celebrating the start of the new school year. 

Police shot and injured the man. It was the second time officers have deliberately shot a suspect. The first time was in Árbær, Reykjavík, and the man died. He had been shooting out from inside his apartment. 

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