French police officer kills three before committing suicide
SARCELLES: A 31-year-old French police officer shot three individuals useless earlier than turning his gun on himself, in a killing spree sparked by a row together with his girlfriend, police the native prosecutor stated on Sunday.
The information comes with France already grappling with the surge in police suicides this 12 months
The Paris officer, Arnaud Martin, completed his shift yesterday and went to fulfill his girlfriend in Sarcelles, a suburb north of the capital metropolis, to debate ending their relationship.
However after an argument broke out, Martin shot the younger girl within the face and killed two males who have been close by, aged 30 and 44, considered one of whom had tried to intervene, stated Eric Corbaux, prosecutor for the Pontoise division, stated.
He then went to his girlfriend’s house only a few yards away, the place he killed the lady’s father and severely injured her mom within the throat.
He additionally shot the lady’s sister within the leg and killed the household canine.
The attacker was later discovered “useless from a gunshot wound to the pinnacle, his gun in his hand, at the back of the backyard,” Corbaux stated.
His former girlfriend was in critical situation in hospital at this time.
“In response to his superiors, he was a superb civil servant, a really critical former gendarme,” Corbaux stated.
Yesterday’s tragedy comes as French officers confront a pointy improve in police suicides, with greater than 45 officers and 16 gendarmes killing themselves up to now this 12 months.
However Inside Minister Gerard Collomb stated at this time that he wouldn’t backtrack on permitting officers carry their weapons when off-duty, a apply France launched after the November 2015 terror assaults in Paris.
“It is one thing that requires plenty of consideration by police supervisors,” Collomb stated on France Inter radio, although he acknowledged that almost all police suicides are prompted by occasions of their non-public lives.