A man in his 30s who reportedly created a public disturbance near an abandoned hotel in Telemark ended up being shot by police Tuesday afternoon. He was later declared dead and a full investigation is underway.
State broadcaster NRK reported Tuesday evening that the Southeast Police District received a call about the man at 3:27pm, who appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol and was threatening others. Police claimed it appeared crucial that they gain control over the man quickly.
They were also advised to arm themselves, and arrived on the scene around 3:50pm. “We made contact with the man,” police chief Ole Bredrup Sæverud told NRK, adding that “it ended with police firing several shots at the man. Even though an ambulance was close by and immediately began first aid, his life couldn’t be saved. He was declared dead at 4:35pm.”
Police shootings are rare in Norway, where police are generally unarmed. Details remained sketchy and a state investigation team was on its way to the area around the old Bolkesjø tourist hotel in Telemark Tuesday evening.