PARIS — A gunman killed three law enforcement officials who have been responding early Wednesday to stories of a home violence episode in central France, the authorities mentioned, a uncommon outburst of lethal violence towards French safety forces. The gunman was later discovered lifeless.
The officers had been known as to the scene in an remoted hamlet close to Saint-Simply, a small city within the Puy-de-Dôme area of France, about 50 miles southeast of Clermont-Ferrand, to assist a girl who was being crushed by her accomplice, in response to the French Inside Ministry.
The person shot on the officers after they arrived, killing a primary officer, recognized by the ministry as Arno Mavel, 21, and wounding a second one within the thigh. The person additionally fired at two different officers as they approached the home. Each of them, recognized by the ministry as Cyrille Morel, 45, and Rémi Dupuis, 37, have been killed.
The assault on the gendarmes prompted swift condemnation. “This tragedy impacts us all and plunges your complete nation into mourning,” Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Twitter.
The officers have been members of France’s gendarmerie — the power that oversees smaller cities and rural or suburban areas.
Police reinforcements rapidly cordoned off the realm. The suspect, who has not been recognized, was discovered lifeless a number of hours later, the French inside minister, Gérald Darmanin, said on Twitter. Mr. Darmanin was anticipated to reach within the Puy-de-Dôme area afterward Wednesday.
François Chautard, the mayor of Saint-Simply, instructed the BFM TV information channel that the officers had been shot after arriving on the scene of a home dispute, and that the gunman then set the home on hearth.
“The home is completely destroyed,” Mr. Chautard mentioned.
The Inside Ministry mentioned that the “tragic circumstances of those deaths remind us, as soon as once more, of the dangers that gendarmes and law enforcement officials are uncovered to after they perform their each day duties.”
Twenty-five French law enforcement officials and gendarmes have been killed within the line of obligation in 2018, up from 15 in 2017, according to official statistics. 13 of these deaths in 2018 have been instantly associated to safety operations.