French media reported, this morning, Wednesday, that 3 policemen were killed and a fourth wounded in a shooting that took place in the “Puy de Dôme” district in central France.
Agence France-Presse said that 3 French policemen were killed and a fourth wounded by a 48-year-old man while trying to rescue a woman on the roof of a house after a report of domestic violence against a woman.
She indicated that the shooter was likely mentally ill, as the accident occurred in a small isolated village in the French province.
She added that the gunman first shot and killed and wounded a number of policemen before setting fire to the house.
The agency quoted officials as saying that the woman was rescued and that the police officer was still at the site.
They explained that “firefighters are also at the site trying to control the fire.”
A source close to the investigation told “Agence France Presse”, that “utmost precautions are being taken regarding the danger of this person, indicating that the gunman is known to the authorities on charges related to child custody issues.”
Officials in Puy de Dôme also confirmed that the situation is still developing.
For his part, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his solidarity with the victims of this incident and published a tweet on his official website “Twitter” saying: “They intervened to save a woman from the victims of domestic violence in Puy de Dome, 3 members of the gendarmerie were killed and the fourth was wounded, each The nation shares the grief of their families, in order to protect us they risk their lives, they are our heroes. ”
Ils intervenaient pour secourir une femme victime de violences conjugales dans le Puy-de-Dôme, trois gendarmes ont été tués, un quatrième blessé. La Nation s'associe à la douleur des familles. Pour nous protéger, nos forces agissent au péril de leur vie. Ce sont nos héros.
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) December 23, 2020