Police officer dead, two wounded in Paris shooting attack

UPDATE @ 8.00am: ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack on the Champs Elysees, which claimed the life of a French police officer and injured two others in central Paris.

The attack occurred around 9.00pm local time, when a man opened fire on officers who were sitting inside a stationary police vehicle.

“A man immediately got out and opened fire on the police car, fatally wounding a police officer. He also wounded a second one, it would seem very seriously,” France’s Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said.


The attacker, who police say was flagged as an extremist, was shot dead in the confrontation.

UPDATE @ 7.00AM: The French Interior Ministry has confirmed a second police officer has not been killed in a shooting in central Paris.

They did confirm two officers were seriously injured in a shooting on the Champs-Elysees overnight, that killed one police officer.

Meanwhile, authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a second suspect in the shooting.

One of the attackers was shot and killed by police earlier.

According to reports, the warrant said the man had arrived in France by train from Belgium.

UPDATE @ 6.40AM: There are reports a second policeman has died from wounds received when he was shot by an attacker in central Paris, although authorities are yet to officially verify the claims.

The french Government says the officers were deliberately targeted although it is too early to say what the motive was.

Terror police have been called in to help with the investigation.

EARLIER @ 5.50AM: One policeman has been killed and another wounded after a shooting in the central Paris this morning.

The person who fired on police on the Champs-Elysees, one of the world’s most prestigious boulevards, has been killed, following a retaliation by other officers.

Police said there may have been more than one attacker involved.

Police authorities also called on the public to avoid the area.

There have been concerns about possible attacks in the region over the coming days as the country prepares to vote in its Presidential election this weekend.

There is now word on the motive behind the shooting at this stage.