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Three law enforcement officials have been killed and a fourth wounded in central France on Wednesday when a person opened hearth as they responded to a home violence name, the deadliest assault in years on French safety forces exterior of terrorism incidents.
The suspect, a 48-year-old man recognized to authorities for youngster custody disputes, was “found useless” a number of hours after fleeing the house in an remoted hamlet close to Saint-Simply, a village of some 160 folks south of Clermont-Ferrand, Inside Minister Gerald Darmanin mentioned in a tweet.
“This is likely one of the most tragic occasions within the historical past” of France’s Gendarmes pressure, which regularly ensures regulation enforcement in rural areas, Darmanin mentioned after arriving on the scene.
He gave no additional particulars on how the person died, although a ministry supply instructed AFP the suspect “was discovered useless in his car, apparently a suicide”.
Recognized by officers as Frederik L, he opened hearth at two officers who arrived on the home shortly after midnight after being alerted to a reported home assault.
One was killed instantly and the opposite shot within the thigh earlier than the person set hearth to the home, the place a lady had climbed onto the roof.
Police reinforcements and firefighters have been rushed to the scene, and all roads resulting in the home have been blocked off, in response to the prosecutor’s workplace in Clermont-Ferrand.
Two additional police who have been attempting to find out if rescue officers might attain their shot colleagues have been then fired on and killed by the suspect, who had barricaded himself in the home.
“He was an novice shooter” and was “closely armed, with a rifle and two pistols,” a supply near the inquiry mentioned.
He later escaped and a few 300 officers spent hours trying to find the suspect.
Darmanin’s deputy Marlene Schiappa instructed BFM tv that the lady herself had known as police to say she was being threatened, including that the husband appeared to have “a historical past of violence.”
The girl and her youngster have been safely rescued.
The officers killed, gendarmes from France’s navy police, have been recognized as Arno Mavel, 21; Remi Dupuis, 37; and Cyrille Morel, 45.
They go away behind widows and a complete of 4 kids, Darmanin mentioned.
“Our safety forces put their lives in danger to guard us. These are our heroes,” President Emmanuel Macron mentioned in a tweet.
The prosecutor for Clermont-Ferrand has introduced a press convention on the investigation at 5:00 pm (1600 GMT).
Except for terror assaults, shootings of law enforcement officials in France are uncommon.
Final Could, a person fired at police from his home within the Gironde area of southwest France, wounding one officer. As he was about to fireplace once more, he was shot useless by police.
The latest killings of officers within the line of responsibility, excluding terrorism, occurred in June 2012, when two feminine officers died in Collobrieres, southern France, whereas intervening in a dispute between neighbours.
However French safety forces say they’ve more and more been focused in recent times as they wrestle to hold out Macron’s promise to scale back crime and insecurity.
Darmanin mentioned Wednesday that 11 police have been killed within the line of responsibility this yr.
Among the many most high-profile incidents in latest months, two undercover officers have been shot throughout a surveillance operation in a Paris suburb in October, whereas later that month a station exterior Paris was attacked by dozens of individuals armed with highly effective fireworks and metal bars.
The federal government has promised to extend funding and move a brand new “complete safety” regulation to guard officers within the line of responsibility, a transfer denounced by critics as an try to protect officers from public scrutiny after a number of reported incidents of police brutality.