A 35-year-old man was shot by police after a car chase in Kristiansand, on Norway’s southern coast, late Saturday night. He was rushed to hospital and underwent surgery but died Sunday morning, and an investigation into the shooting is underway.
The drama began around 4am on Sunday, when police received a call about a suspicious person brandishing a gun in a northern district of the city. Police were told to arm themselves and they responded to the call, where they ended up chasing after the man in a car.
Local newspaper Fædrelandsvennen reported that there was contact between the police patrol cars and the car several times, including once when the man allegedly shot at the police. “We viewed that as attempted murder against the police,” Ole Hortemo, police station chief, said at a press conference Sunday. “It became a situation of shooting in self-defense.”
The man, who was from Vennesla and had a family with young children, was reportedly shot in the chest and declared dead at 7am. The local mayor called the incident “deeply tragic for everyone involved.” A crisis team was established as the investigation continued.