This Thursday 3rd October 2019, a police officer armed with a knife attacked his colleagues, killing three police officers and an administrative agent, before being shot.
Thursday 3rd October 2019, around 1pm, a man armed with a knife attacked the staff of the police headquarters of Paris, rue de Lutece, in the 4th arrondissement of the capital, on the Ile de la Cite.
The man killed four people, three policemen and an administrative agent. The victims are three men and a woman, policewoman. Another person was evacuated “in absolute urgency” to the Percy Army Training Hospital.
The attacker was an agent of the prefecture
Other police officers on the scene retorted by opening fire on the assailant. The latter was shot down. According to a source Dimed to present Paris, the assailant employed was a prefecture of police, specifically informatics at the service of the intelligence branch of the prefecture of police (DRPP).
According to this source, he was suffering from a disability and could have acted out after a love dispute. At this stage, the antiterrorist prosecutor has not been seized, indicate judicial sources.
According to Loïc Travers, Alliance Ile-de-France secretary, the individual “had 20 years of the house” at the police headquarters. “He was very calm, not known to be effervescent” and was not subject to any terrorist surveillance. The unionist said the aggression started “inside an office at lunchtime” before continuing in several parts of the prefecture.
🔴 Attaque à la préfecture de Paris, les infos @actufrparis à 15h30 :
– 4 agents PP tués
– auteur tué, il travaillait à la PP “depuis 20 ans, posait pas problème, pas sur les radars terros”
– Île de la cité bouclée
– Macron, Philippe & Castaner sur place https://t.co/AnZnRv8TAq pic.twitter.com/mWswlpypV6
— simon louvet (@simonlouvet_) October 3, 2019
Emmanuel Macron and Edouard Philippe on the spot
The whole neighbourhood was cordoned off by the police, as well as the streets along the Ile de la Cité. In the early afternoon, ten fire trucks were on-site and several helicopters flew over the area.
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and Minister of the Interior Christophe Castaner arrived on site around 2pm. Emmanuel Macron arrived, in turn, sometime later “to show his support and solidarity to all staff,” said the Elysee. They should speak at a press conference later in the afternoon.
Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, also went to the police headquarters. “Paris is mourning his family this afternoon after this appalling attack,” tweeted the mayor.
Paris pleure les siens cet après-midi après cette effroyable attaque survenue à la @prefpolice. Le bilan est lourd, plusieurs policiers ont perdu la vie. En mon nom et celui des Parisiens, mes premières pensées vont aux familles des victimes et à leurs proches.
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) October 3, 2019
The Paris prosecutor has also moved.
The National Assembly observed a minute of silence in tribute to the killed officials.
— LCP (@LCP) October 3, 2019
The President of the Republic should maintain his planned trip this Thursday evening in Rodez, to launch a major debate on pensions.