Lieutenant-colonel of the Aude gendarmerie, Arnaud Beltrame, heroic during the attack on the Super U de Trèbes on Friday 23rd March, 2018, died of his wounds
It is the Minister of the Interior, Gerard Colomb, who announced the sad news on his Twitter account Saturday, March 24, 2018.
The heroic constable of the attack on the Super U de Trèbes , Arnaud Beltrame , 45, died of his wounds.
“Death for the patriot”
“Death for the patriot. France will never forget her heroism, her bravery, her sacrifice. With a heavy heart, I address the support of the whole country to his family, his family and his companions of the Gendarmerie of Aude “, writes the minister in his Tweet.
Le lieutenant-colonel Arnaud Beltrame nous a quittés.
Mort pour la patrie.
Jamais la France n’oubliera son héroïsme, sa bravoure, son sacrifice.
Le coeur lourd, j’adresse le soutien du pays tout entier à sa famille, ses proches et ses compagnons de la @Gendarmerie de l’Aude. pic.twitter.com/I1h8eO7f9a
— Gérard Collomb (@gerardcollomb) 24 March 2018
Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to him, declaring that the officer had “fallen as a hero” and deserved “respect and admiration from the whole nation”.
He asked to be exchanged with a hostage
It was he who asked Friday, March 23, in the heat of hostage, to be exchanged with a woman, held inside the supermarket by Redouane Lakdim. This death is the result of this deadly equipment to four dead.
According to the explanations given Friday by the minister, the lieutenant-colonel would have left his mobile phone open on a table. It is thanks to this means that the police were warned by gunshots, and that the decision to intervene was taken.
“An act of heroism”
An initiative welcomed by Gerard Colomb who spoke of an “act of heroism”.
The gendarme was alone with the kidnapper when the Toulouse antenna of GIGN stormed. He leaves in pain a wife.