Reports coming in confirmed the death of three police officers who were killed by a gunman while they were responding to a domestic violence call, officials said.
According to a tweet by the Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, he stated that the suspect is a 48 year old man linked with a child’s custody case. The body of the suspect was found lifeless at an isolated hamlet a village south of the city of Clermont-Ferrand.
Asides the information given via his tweet, no other information has been disclosed.
“Our security forces put their lives at risk to protect us. These are our heroes,” President Emmanuel Macron said in a tweet.
The perpetrator opened fire on two of the policemen as they approach the house.
One was killed immediately and the other shot in the thigh before the man set fire to the house, where a woman had climbed onto the roof.
Two further officers, responding to the scene, were then fired on and killed, according to the prosecutor’s office in Clermont-Ferrand.
Police reinforcements and firefighters were rushed to the scene, and all roads leading to the house were blocked off.
The woman was safely rescued, and was being questioned by police.
The victims were aged 21, 37 and 45, the interior ministry said.
Aside from terror attacks, shootings of police officers in France are relatively rare.
Last May, a man fired at police from his house in the Gironde region of southwest France, wounding one officer. As he was about to fire again, he was shot dead by police.