Police attacked at Colombes: The man shot dead was not radicalized according to preliminary elements of investigation
October 23, 2021
The national prosecutor at Nanterre states that the “investigation has not yet revealed evidence of radicalization of the person concerned, who reportedly was the object of a psychiatric hospitalization.”
The man shot dead Friday at Colombes (Hauts de Seine) after threatening police officers with a knife, had not been radicalized, according to the preliminary elements of the investigation. In a press release, the Nanterre prosecutor, Pascal Prache, states that “he was reportedly the object of a psychiatric hospitalization.” He stated also that “his judicial file has no trace of a conviction, and he is known for two previous offenses relative to other infractions.”
The national anti-terrorist prosecutor’s office was informed Friday evening, but in view of the first elements furnished by the investigation, opened for “attempted murder of personnel of public authority”, the Nanterre prosecutor remains in charge. The police officers and the witnesses present at the scene were interviewed. “From the first elements gathered, it appeared that two police officers, who were making identity checks, used their firearms firing several shots at a man who was advancing on them armed with a knife and yelling “Allahu Akhbar” after throwing a glass bottle in the direction of the officers,” the prosecutor explains.
The man shot dead was 41 years of age; he resided “it seems at Garenne-Colombes,” in Haut de Seine. In spite of the intervention of medical personnel, the man died of his wounds. The autopsy is scheduled for October 24 2021. The investigation continues in order to clarify the sequence of events. The General Inspectorate of the National Police (IGPN) is also involved.