THREE cops have been shot dead and another wounded in central France today.
The cops had rushed to a home when they were gunned down in Puy-de-Dome this morning.
Cops had rushed to reports of a domestic violence incident when they were gunned down in Puy-de-Dome (stock image)[/caption]
Al Jazeera reported the officers were responding to a domestic incident just after midnight when they were met with a hail of gunfire.
The shooter killed one cop and injured another when they arrived at the house.
He then set the home on fire and continued to shoot at other cops as they arrived – killing another two.
The dead police officers were Brig Arno Mavel, 21, Lt Cyrille Morel, 45, and Adjutant Rémi Dupuis, 37.
The suspect, believed to be a 48-year-old man, is on the run. The woman managed to flee.
An investigating source said: “Two officers approached a house just after midnight following an emergency call.”
“A woman was on the roof screaming for help, and as two gendarmes got close, a man opened fire, killing one officer instantly.
“Another was hit in the thigh and rushed to hospital, where he subsequently died. More officers then arrived, and a man set fire to the house.
“The woman managed to escape, but then there was more shooting, in which another gendarme died, and a fourth was wounded.”
The suspect is known to be involved in a child custody battle with his wife, who is also unidentified.
A spokesman for the Clermont-Ferrand prosecutor’s office said the shooter was still on the run.
Officers from France’s elite tactical police unit were trying to capture the suspect.
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French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin expressed his sympathies to the families and colleagues of the dead officers.
In a statement, he said the deaths showed the risks cops were exposed to every day.
The officer who was injured was shot in the leg, and his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.