Man killed at Paris airport after shooting police officer at checkpoint, going on the run, and trying to grab soldier’s weapon
LONDON — A man has been shot dead after trying to grab a soldier’s gun at French airport Orly in Paris.
The man who was shot dead was known to French security forces and was involved in an earlier incident on Saturday morning at a checkpoint to the north of Paris.
The French Interior Ministry confirmed on Twitter that the man, who has not yet been named, shot a police officer with a pistol shot at 6.50 a.m. CET before going on the run.
Business Insider France reports that the police check occurred in Stains, Seine-Saint-Denis. The shooter escaped, dumped his car, carjacked another vehicle, and then drove Orly airport.
After an earlier shooting incident at Paris Orly Airport, flights are now diverting to Charles de Gaulle Airport pic.twitter.com/funrw82Wyc
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) March 18, 2017
At Orly airport, the man grabbed a gun from a French soldier on patrol in the South Terminal on Saturday morning before running and hiding in McDonald’s. He was found and shot dead. The French Interior Ministry has confirmed that no one else was injured in the incident.
The French police said on Twitter: “Operations of Police still ongoing. No casualties to mourn. Police strongly mobilized.”
3,000 people have been evacuated from the Terminal and a security operation is ongoing. Bomb disposal swept the area but found nothing. The father and brother of the suspect have been arrested, according to French newspaper Le Figaro.
The shootings coincide with a visit to Paris from Britain’s Prince William and Princess Kate. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are due to meet victims of last year’s Bataclan shooting on Saturday.
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