Three French officers have been shot dead after coming to a report of domestic violence, the local mayor of the hamlet of Saint-Just confirms Wednesday morning. Another officer was injured. The suspect was found dead Wednesday morning, the French interior minister states Twitter. Some 300 officers had started a manhunt for the 48-year-old fugitive suspect.
Gérald Darmanin, Minister of the Interior, reported on Twitter that the suspect has been found dead and says he is visiting the crime scene. He out in one press release his condolences to the killed officers and their families. They were 21, 45 and 37 years old, Darmanin said in the press release.
The suspect opened fire around midnight on officers in the hamlet of Saint-Just, which is located in the central French region of Puy-de-Dôme. Officers were on site at a home because of a report of domestic violence. The suspect’s partner had taken refuge on the roof of the house.
The suspect first fired at two officers of the gendarmerie. One died of his injuries, another sustained a gunshot wound to his thigh and was taken to hospital, writes Le Monde on the basis of AFP.
Then the man set the house on fire and shot another group of officers. Two of them were fatally hit. The man is said to be known to the police from previous incidents surrounding a custody case.