Paris: A man has been killed by police after he ‘threatened’ the police
A man was shot dead by police in Paris’ 11th arrondissement on Sunday January 22 after ‘threatening’ the police.
According to Paris prosecutors, a man was shot dead by police in the capital’s 11th arrondissement on Sunday evening after he “threatened” the police.
The man was beaten four times by two police officers, a source close to the case told the AFP news agency. According to this source, one fired once and the second fired three times.
The incident happened shortly after 8 p.m. near the Place de la République. A security perimeter was still in place around 11:00 p.m., according to an AFP journalist at the scene. The police took samples.
The body, covered with a white sheet, had been placed out of sight under a white barnum. According to the first findings of the investigation, which have not yet been verified, the man initially threatened a dog with a handgun.
When two police officers on patrol approach him, he turns to them and points his gun at them. Police then opened fire, the source added.
According to initial elements, “he does not appear to have uttered any specific words to police, but was in fact a threat,” according to a police source.
Two open investigations
Witnesses who saw the scene fairly closely have yet to be heard, the close source said. No information on the identity of the victim was given at this time.
Two investigations were opened. One for “attempted murder of a person with high public authority” had been entrusted to the second district of the Paris criminal police and would have to clarify the motives of the man, the prosecutor said.
The General Inspectorate of the National Police (IGPN) has been tasked with investigating the police shootings, which opened for “deliberate use of force resulting in death without intention of giving it”.