3 police officers shot dead, 1 injured in rare gun attack on police

A man who shot allegedly three police officers in a French village was found dead, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Wednesday.

Police officers were responding to a call over domestic violence in the central region of Puy-de-Dome when they were shot by a 48-year-old man.

The man initially shot and killed one officer and wounded another. He then set fire and killed the two other officers, according to the Clermont-Ferrand prosecutor’s office.

The woman, who was the reported victim of domestic violence, sought refuge on the roof of the house and was rescued safely by police.

The fourth officer was also injured in the shooting was shot in the leg and his life is not in danger.

Officers had been trying to determine whether the heavily armed suspect was still inside or had escaped.

But Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin later confirmed the suspect had been found dead.

Police sources told French media that the man had been found in his car in a suspected suicide, but this has not been officially confirmed.

President Emmanuel Macron said the nation shared the grief of the families of the police officers.

Gun attacks on police in non-terror-related incidents are relatively rare in France.