A longtime police worker killed three officers and an administrative worker in a knife attack in Paris police headquarters on Thursday before being shot dead by police, French authorities mentioned.
The attacker was a 45-year-old who was working in information and technology at the police headquarters for the past 16 years, France’s minister for the interior, Christophe Castaner, stated Thursday.
The attack occurred 12:30 and 1 p.m. local time (6.30 and 7 a.m. ET), based on Castaner.
The assailant attacked 3police officers with a knife on the first floor of the building before attacking one other police officer and a human resources worker on the steps, based on an internal police document obtained by the News channel.
The IT employee then made his way downstairs, where a police officer informed him to drop his weapon, the document stated. The officer then has to shot and killed the attacker.
It isn’t but identified what sparked the attack, and Crépin mentioned it was not being treated as a terror attack. However, Crépin and a highly placed judicial source near the investigation later informed News channel that the national anti-terrorism unit had been assigned to investigate whether terrorism was a motive behind the attack.
Officers searched the attacker’s property on Thursday, based on the two anonymous police sources. The attacker’s wife has been taken into custody for questioning, the prosecutor’s office confirmed to News channel.
The police headquarters is just across the street from Notre Dame Cathedral on Ile de la Cite, an island in the River Seine.
“Paris is mourning its people this afternoon after this appalling attack,” Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo posted. “The toll is heavy; several police officers have lost their lives.”