FRANCE: GUNMAN, WHO SHOT DEAD 3 POLICE OFFICERS, FOUND DEAD

Written by on December 23, 2020

A MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY SHOT THREE POLICE OFFICERS DEAD IN A FRENCH VILLAGE HAS NOW BEEN FOUND DEAD, INTERIOR MINISTER GERALD DARMANIN SAID ON WEDNESDAY.

THE POLICE OFFICERS WERE RESPONDING TO A CALL OVER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN THE CENTRAL REGION OF PUY-DE-DOME WHEN THEY WERE SHOT BY A 48-YEAR-OLD MAN.

POLICE APPROACHED THE HOUSE SHORTLY AFTER MIDNIGHT AND WERE HIT BY GUNFIRE AS THEY ATTEMPTED TO RESCUE A WOMAN, LOCAL MEDIA REPORTED.

THE MAN INITIALLY SHOT AND KILLED ONE OFFICER AND WOUNDED ANOTHER. TWO OTHER OFFICERS WERE THEN SHOT DEAD, ACCORDING TO THE CLERMONT-FERRAND PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE.

THE WOMAN, WHO WAS THE REPORTED VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, SOUGHT REFUGE ON THE ROOF OF THE HOUSE AND WAS RESCUED SAFELY BY POLICE.

A FOURTH OFFICER WAS ALSO INJURED IN THE SHOOTING. THE 48-YEAR-OLD SHOOTER HAD SET FIRE TO HIS HOUSE, ACCORDING TO DARMANIN.

DARMANIN SAID A LARGE NUMBER OF SECURITY FORCES – INCLUDING ELITE POLICE OFFICERS – WERE DEPLOYED TO THE AREA.


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