Paris of­fi­cer, gun­man killed in Champs-El­y­sees shoot­ing

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - OPINION -

An at­tacker with an au­to­matic weapon opened fire on po­lice in Paris’ iconic Champs-El­y­sees shop­ping dis­trict Thurs­day night, killing one of­fi­cer and se­ri­ously wound­ing two oth­ers be­fore po­lice shot and killed him.

Paris po­lice spokes­woman Johanna Primev­ert told The As­so­ci­ated Press that the at­tacker tar­geted of­fi­cers guard­ing the area near the Franklin Roo­sevelt sub­way sta­tion at the cen­ter of the av­enue pop­u­lar with tourists. She said he ap­peared to be act­ing alone.

Po­lice and soldiers sealed off the area, or­der­ing tourists back into their ho­tels and block­ing peo­ple from ap­proach­ing the scene. The Paris pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice said coun­tert­er­ror­ism in­ves­ti­ga­tors are in­volved in the probe.

The at­tack came three days be­fore the first round of bal­lot­ing in France’s tense pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. Se­cu­rity is high pre­ced­ing the vote af­ter po­lice said they ar­rested two men Tues­day in what they de­scribed as a thwarted ter­ror at­tack.

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