At Nantes in western France, three police officers were injured in a stabbing incident and a subsequent shooting. The unsub was shot and succumbed to his injuries.
According to Interior Minister Darmanin, the man suffered a severe form of schizophrenia and was on a list of Islamist radicals because of his “rigorous” adherence to religious regulations in prison. He was recently released from prison and was under psychiatric supervision.
The man was in his 40s with French nationality, who was also born in France. According to Darmanin, he acted alone and was not convicted of acts of terrorism.
The French Interior Minister came to Nantes:
The man walked into a police station this morning in his hometown of Chapelle-sur-Erdre, a suburb of Nantes. He said he had a problem with his car, stabbed a cop, grabbed her gun, and shot her in a leg and hand.
The woman was taken to a hospital in critical condition, but, according to Darmanin, is now out of danger.
The unsub fled with his victims firearm in a car. Because of an accident, he had to move on foot quickly.
A 200-man police force put in pursuit with helicopters and dogs. The unsub was found after hours and enclosed in a forest, after which, according to the police, he started shooting. Two officers were injured, and he himself was shot, after which he succumbed to his injuries.
Recent incidents of violence
The incident follows other incidents of violence against the police. A month ago, a female policeman was stabbed to death in Paris by a Tunisian who had watched videos of jihad violence before his attack.
In Avignon, a member of an anti-drug unit was shot to death. After that incident, thousands of police officers in Paris demonstrated in favour of better police protection and higher penalties for violence against the police.