3 FRENCH COPS KILLED IN RESCUE ATTEMPT
A man who allegedly shot three police officers dead in a French village has now been found dead, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said, Klaus Blume and Christian Boehmer reported for the Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa).
A fourth officer was also injured in the shooting, which occurred as the gendarmes tried to rescue a woman who had taken refuge on the roof of a house in the early morning, Darmanin said. It seems she was trying to get away from the shooter at the time.
The 48-year-old shooter had set fire to his house, according to Darmanin. Darmanin said in the tweet that he is on his way to the scene of the crime. Firefighters were working to put out the blaze in the village of Saint-Just in the district of Puy-de-Dome, which is located to the south-west of Lyon. The woman is safe, the minister said.
Darmanin said a large number of security force members - including elite police officers - have been deployed. The gendarmes killed were 21, 37 and 45 years old, he said, offering condolences to the victims' families.
"The nation shares the pain of their families," tweeted French President Emmanuel Macron.
"They are our heroes." He noted they died trying to help a victim of domestic abuse.
The man had attracted attention in the past because of a child custody dispute, and the police operation was related to "intra-family violence," according to the French news agency AFP. The injured police officer was taken to hospital.