A single gunshot fired in Garðabær prompted the police to send Special Forces to a family home.
Gun violence is rare in Iceland. Many types of firearms are illegal – not even regular police carry them – although some hunting guns are allowed. When gunshots are reported to the police, the matter is then always taken seriously.
DV reports that police in Hafnarfjörður were alerted that a shot had been reportedly fired inside a house in Garðabær. Special Forces were immediately dispatched to the scene, where they arrived at a family home.
The area surrounding the house blocked off and a thorough search conducted, one suspect is now in police custody. According to police, the person in custody is believed to have fired a large hunting rifle at the floor. Whether this happened accidentally or intentionally is not yet known. However, the gun had not been pointed at anyone, so it is expected that the person in question will likely receive counciling.