a man dies after being shot by a policeman whom he threatened with a knife

In Blois (Loir-et-Cher), a 26-year-old Moroccan man died on Saturday after being shot by a police officer whom he threatened with a knife, the prosecution announced.

He was the target of a criminal investigation for attempted murder of police officers from the Blois police station. He died of his injuries at the city hospital.

“In order to determine the exact causes of his death, an autopsy was decided by the Blois prosecution in charge of the investigation. It will be carried out on Tuesday April 26, 2022 in the afternoon at the forensic institute of Tours,” announced the prosecutor of Blois Frédéric Chevallier, in a press release.

The prosecution had indicated Friday evening that “in the state of the investigations”, the shooting of the police officer was “analyzed as entering into a case of self-defense to an attack by an armed man”.

Multiple LBD shots

The individual wandered Thursday around 10 p.m. in the streets of Blois dressed in a “black t-shirt and boxers”, “barefoot” and “bloody from the chest to the waist and armed with a knife”.

While he was at the entrance to a residence for seniors, the police asked him to drop his weapon, but he then walked towards them, threatening. “A police officer then used a tazzer without effect for the first time”, then several LBD shots also without effect.

“On the contrary, the individual was advancing towards the police”, underlined the prosecutor adding, “at this time, a police officer was using his service weapon, a Sig Sauer 9mm, four times”. Hit by a gunshot wound to the chest, the man could only be brought under control after a final LBD shot.

A young person who “knew anxieties”

The young man, unknown to the police and justice services, had resided in France since September 2021 and had a student visa. For several days he “knew anxieties, of undetermined origins”, according to the prosecution, who specified that “no word” had “been uttered” which could have “could have been linked to political or religious demands”.

Source: Le Progrès : info et actu nationale et régionale – Rhône, Loire, Ain, Haute-Loire et Jura | Le Progrès by www.leprogres.fr.

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