A municipal policeman from Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône) was injured on Saturday March 12 by a man armed with a knife, in front of the town hall, on the Old Port. His attacker, neutralized by police fire, died of his injuries, we learned from a police source and the municipality.
The attack took place around 9 a.m., when this man attacked three municipal police officers. The colleagues of the affected police officer “first fired back with their non-lethal weapons, then one of the officers fired back with his lethal weapon”mortally wounding the aggressor, according to Yannick Ohanessian, assistant to the security and the municipal police of the city of Marseille.
According to police union sources, the colleagues of the police officer concerned first used an electric pulse gun, then a defense bullet launcher, before one of them finally used his service weapon. From the same source, the assailant was armed with a ceramic knife with a blade of about twenty centimeters.
Gérald Darmanin was present in Marseille
Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin was present in Marseille on Saturday March 12 for the inauguration of the future police station for the 13th and 14th arrondissements. “The aggressor is French, did he declare. PFor the moment, to my knowledge, he is not known to the police and he would not have a criminal record “.
With @BenoitPayanwe came this morning to give our full support to the municipal police officers of #Marseille victims of a violent stabbing attack. I want to emphasize their exemplary intervention which made it possible to neutralize the assailant and avoid the worst. pic.twitter.com/BtOtyFKMOx
— Gérald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) March 12, 2022
Present at his side, the socialist mayor of Marseille, Benoît Payan, clarified for his part that the aggressor had attacked ” Many times “ to the injured police officer and that the municipal police officers concerned had “several summonses” before using their weapons.
From a police union source, the injured police officer would have in particular a gash of five centimeters on one hand. He was transferred to the Timone hospital, and his two colleagues, “extremely shocked”were brought to the psychiatric emergency room, said Yannick Ohanessian.