In 2011, Norwegian police only fired a gun on one occasion!
Last year a man in Norway stabbed and killed another man armed with a hammer and a knife. The police armed themselves and went after him. The man refused to surrender, struck passersby and threatened the police. After spraying him with pepper spray to no avail, they fired a warning shot that didn’t work either.
They feared for their safety and finally shot him in the thigh. He fell to the ground and police turned his weapons out of his hands. It was the only time in 2011 that police fired shots at someone. A court found the man criminally insane.
Even more shocking for us Americans is that in 2010 there wasn’t a single shot fired by police at a suspect. They do everything possible to keep from needing to use their guns. It is a last resort for the Norwegians. They don’t face near the crime that the U.S. deals with either.