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Gunman Kills Three Police Officers And Injures A Fourth In Central France

Gunman Kills 3 French Police officers

Three police officers were shot dead as they were called to a domestic violence incident in central France. As the police officers entered the home in Puy-de-Dome in central France, three of them were shot dead while a fourth was left injured. 

The perpetrator, identified as a 48 year old man initially shot one police officer and then proceeded to set fire to the house. Two officers then responding to the scene, were also shot at and killed by the gunman. It marks the deadliest attack in years on French law enforcement outside of attacks carried out by terrorists. 

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin named the first officer who died as Brig Arno Mavel, 21, and the two who died in the second incident as Lt Cyrille Morel, 45, and Adjutant Rémi Dupuis, 37.

The woman, a victim of domestic violence, sought refuge by escaping to the roof of the house as it caught fire, and was later safely rescued by the police. While there was ambiguity about where the gunman could be, for the first few hours after the incident, he  sparked a police hunt with officers from France's elite tactical police unit joined by 300 other officers, police dogs and helicopters.

The suspect, later, was discovered dead, several hours after fleeing the scene. However, the cause of his death has not yet been confirmed by authorities. 

This suspected gunman was known to authorities in the past for child custody disputes. Heavily armed while he had barricaded himself and his wife inside the house, the gunman had some weapons which were held legally though others were unregistered. 

In his tweet paying tribute to the martyred officers, French President Emmanuel Macron said the security forces put their lives at risk to protect the public and were "our heroes":