Breaking Paris shooting: Police officers shot On Champs ELYSEES
A gunman jumped out of a car, killed a police officer and wounded two others on the Champs-Elysees in central Paris on Thursday night, in what French President Francois Hollande has described as a terrorist-related attack.
The gunman was shot dead by police as he tried to flee on foot, Pierre-Henry Brandet, a French Interior Ministry spokesman, told the BFMTV news channel.
Police have now issued an arrest warrant for a second suspect in the shooting, according to a police source. That suspect had arrived in Paris from Belgium by train, the source said.
The counter-terrorism office has opened an investigation into the shooting, the prosecutor’s office said. The dead gunman was known to security services, and police are searching the attacker’s home east of Paris.
President Hollande said he was convinced the attack was terrorist-related, and organised a security cabinet meeting for Friday morning, local time.
Earlier reports suggested that two police officers had been shot dead, but police later said one officer had died and two others were wounded.
Mr Brandet said the shooting occurred shortly before 9pm on Thursday (5am AEST), local time, when a car pulled up to a police vehicle that was parked on the famous boulevard.
The man opened fire on the police vehicle, killing an officer.
He then “tried to leave by running away while aiming at, and trying to target, other police officers,” Mr Brandet said.
“He managed to wound two others and was shot dead by the police forces.”
Mr Brandet said that the exact sequence of events was still unclear.
“It is much too early to say what the motivations were but in any case police officers who were deliberately targeted this evening on the Champs-Elysees,” he said.