Suspect dies after shoot-out at train station

29th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 29, 2007 (AFP) - French police launched an investigation Saturday after transport police shot and fatally wounded a man who fired on them at a railway station in northern Paris.

PARIS, July 29, 2007 (AFP) - French police launched an investigation Saturday after transport police shot and fatally wounded a man who fired on them at a railway station in northern Paris.

The man died in a Paris hospital late Friday after the shoot-out with police at the Gare du Nord train station, investigators said.

Police officers said the man, who was standing by a shop, could have been hiding something in his clothing and were in the process of investigating when he fired two shots at them.

The officers returned fire and shot him in the stomach and the foot, police said. A spokesman for the fire service said earlier the man had been rushed to the nearby Bichat hospital.

An AFP journalist noted that officers from the criminal brigade had already began investigating at the scene of the shoot-out.

The shoot-out happened not far from a sports shop in the station's shopping arcade where last March police and local youths clashed in a row over a ticket that descended into a riot.

But there was no trouble late Friday after the shooting at the station.
 
This is the second time in less than a year that a member of France's transport police has used his weapon.

In November 24 last year, a black officer shot dead a Paris-Saint Germain football fan and seriously injured another going to the aid of a Jewish fan being targetted by racists.

The incident happened at near the Parc des Princes stadium after Paris-Saint Germain had been defeated by Israeli side Hapoel Tel-Aviv.


AFP

Subject: French news

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