Paris, France – When a person opened fire on them, he shot dead three French police officers when they arrived at a house in a remote village. Which was in response to a call about violence against a lady, police said on Wednesday.
A search was underway for the suspected gunman and dispatching of police reinforcements to seal off the area, the interior ministry said. France’s BFMTV broadcaster reported the armed suspect.
“We are doing everything to apprehend the individual and protect the population within the area,” the ministry said during a statement.
French officials made no mention of any suspected militant motive behind the incident.
The incident unfolds
The incident began when a group of officers from the gendarme police force arrived at a house in a small hamlet near the town of Saint-Just within the early hours of the morning, following a call about violence.
When police arrived, a person starting shooting at them and then set fire to the house, per BFMTV.
The victim of domestic violence sought refuge on the roof of the house and the police safely rescued her. BFMTV reports that the fire has destroyed the house.
“This could be a gendarme operation which is related to domestic violence. Which has seen some developments that are still ongoing,” a representative of the regional prefect’s office told Reuters.
The interior ministry said the three gendarme officers killed within the incident ages are 21, 37, and 45. A fourth officer, who was wounded, did not have life-threatening injuries, the ministry added during a statement.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin paid tribute to the fallen officers. “The nation bows down before their courage and commitment,” he wrote on Twitter. “We are doing everything to seek out the person responsible for these acts.”
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