Gendarme 'may have been sexually harassed'

15th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

VERSAILLES, France, July 14, 2007 (AFP) - A French gendarme who shot his superior officer, his own children and then himself may have been suffering sexual harassment by the officer he killed, a legal source said Saturday.

VERSAILLES, France, July 14, 2007 (AFP) - A French gendarme who shot his superior officer, his own children and then himself may have been suffering sexual harassment by the officer he killed, a legal source said Saturday.

"It is too early to know the ins and outs of the story but several elements indicate that the victim (the officer) may have exhibited 'curious behaviour' in relation to the gunman," said the source, as the investigation continued.

One high-placed source within the gendarmerie said an inquiry had already looked into the allegations of harassment, but had been unable to reach any firm conclusions.

Gendarmes in France are paramilitary personnel who carry out police duties among the civilian population.

The 43-year-old gunman, who has not been named, worked as a driver at a barracks of the gendarmerie in a suburb just south of Paris.

At around midday (1000 GMT) Friday, the gendarme shot the officer and then went back to his lodgings in the base and shot his 11-year-old twins -- a boy and a girl -- before turning the gun on himself.

The gendarme's service weapon had been taken off him at the end of last year because he was having psychiatric treatment for depression, General Gerard Remy, the head of the gendarmerie in the Paris region, told reporters Friday.

He used his personal weapon to carry out the killings.

Remy and other sources said that there had been tensions between the two men.

The dead officer was also aged 43 and was married with two children.


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Subject: French news

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