Police confirmed Wednesday that a shot was fired during the robbery of a bank in Spydeberg, southeast of Oslo, on Wednesday. No one was injured and the bank robber fled on foot.
Around 20 armed police were searching for a tall, thin man with a fair complexion and believed to be in his 20s after he robbed the Spydeberg Sparebank at 11:15am. Both customers and employees were in the bank when the robber entered and reportedly fired a shot at the ceiling.
Police in the local Follo district called for reinforcements from Oslo and one witness described the scene outside the bank in the otherwise quiet town in rural Østfold County as “chaotic.”
Police said they had “good witness observations” and confirmed they had stopped a train on its way towards Oslo in connection with the robbery, after the robber was seen running towards the Spydeberg station. The train was emptied and searched, according to Marita Hatlelid of the Follo Police District.
Students at a nearby elementary school were kept indoors while the manhunt was going on.