PARIS – Three French police officers were shot by a man when they arrived at a home in Saint-Just, a remote commune in central France, to answer a domestic violence call, police said on Wednesday.
A female victim of domestic violence took refuge on the roof of the house and was later rescued by police, a French BFMTV broadcaster reported.
Police said the house caught fire, and the suspected gunman was found dead in his car.
The incident occurred in a small residence in Saint-Just, about 300 miles south-east of Paris.
It was not immediately clear how he died or where the car was located. Police had previously stated that the man was armed and they were trying to track him down.
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The interior ministry said in a statement that the three sex officers killed in the incident were 21, 37 and 45 years old. A fourth officer was injured and his injuries were not fatal.
French President Emmanuel Macron expressed condolences to the families of the deceased officials.
“To save us, our forces work at risk. They are our heroes, “Macron Wrote on twitter.
Authorities did not comment on the motive for the attack.
The suspected gunman was 48 years old and known to law enforcement for not paying child maintenance in at least one previous judicial case, according to an officer in the prosecutor for the nearby city of Claremont-Ferrand.
France’s interior minister described the attacker as “insane”.