Three gendarmes have been shot dead, and a fourth wounded, in central France, while responding to a domestic violence incident, the interior ministry has said. A search is underway for the suspect.
A 48-year-old man shot the officers on Tuesday night at an isolated hamlet near Saint-Just in the Puy-de-Dome region, after police tried to rescue a woman who had taken refuge in a house, according to news channel LCI.
The mayor of Saint-Just, François Chautard, said the incident appeared to have started with a family dispute and that armed gendarme units were sent to the scene to evacuate nearby residents and secure the area.
One officer was fatally shot and another injured before the suspect set fire to his house. The man later fired again as reinforcements arrived, killing two, the Clermont-Ferrand prosecutor’s office told AFP.
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