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Arrest after Standoff in Hafnarfjörður

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Arrest after Standoff in Hafnarfjörður

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Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

A man in his forties was arrested and taken into custody after a police standoff by his apartment in the Vellir neighborhood in Hafnarfjörður, in the Greater Reykjavík area, last night, according to RÚV . The arrest took place around 1:00 am in an apartment building at Kirkjuvellir 7, Vísir reports.

The police SWAT team was called out after a call at 10:00 pm from a neighbor expressing concerns about excessive screams from a resident in the apartment building. Neighbors feared for the safety of others in the apartment.

According to one of the neighbors, Benedikt Mewew, who lives in the apartment above the man in question, the man has a history of causing noise in the building. Sometimes, he has been known to bang the railing on his balcony with an iron pole, as he allegedly did last night. This time, though, the noise was louder than ever, leading some to believe that shots had been fired.

When police arrived at the scene, the man resisted arrest and fled into his apartment. He told police he was in possession of a firearm. Subsequently, a large part of the neighborhood was closed off to traffic and residents requested to stay indoors.

Margeir Sveinsson, the Hafnarfjörður deputy sheriff, informed RÚV the SWAT team managed to enter the man’s apartment and overpower him.

According to Vísir, the individual has a history of violence. He received a ten-month sentence in March for a crime against the government. In November of 2013, he repeatedly threatened three police officers with death, following arrest. In addition, he threatened one of them by saying, “I will break your face.” Moreover, he has been sentenced in a case involving drugs. He has also received sentences in Austria.

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