PARIS (Reuters) – A police administrative employee went on a knife rampage contained in the drive’s headquarters on Thursday, killing 4 individuals earlier than being shot useless by an officer, police officers mentioned.
There was no official phrase on the motive for the assault, which passed off within the coronary heart of the French capital close to to Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral.
However Jean-Marc Bailleul, a police union chief, described the incident as legal fairly than an act of terror. “It was a second of insanity” Bailleul informed BFM TV.
The world across the police headquarters was sealed off and the closest metro station was shut for safety causes, the transport authority mentioned.
President Emmanuel Macron is predicted to go to the scene afterward Thursday.
A police official and member of the collective “Police up in Anger”, which advocates for higher circumstances for officers, was quoted by franceinfo radio as saying the assailant had skilled points together with his supervisor.
“I do know there have been tensions between him and his direct supervisor,” Christophe Crepin informed franceinfo. “I don’t suppose this can be a terrorist act.”
A police spokesman mentioned he had no touch upon the incident.
An official on the prosecutor’s anti-terrorism workplace mentioned that for now his workplace was not main the investigation.
Writing by Benoit Van Overstraeten and Christian Lowe; Enhancing by Hugh Lawson