Eight men were arrested on Wednesday May 26 in the morning in the Loire and in the Rhône following the assault of a police officer, seriously injured in the head by a projectile during the night of May 13 to 14 during an intervention in Rive-de-Gier (Loire), said police and judicial sources.
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In addition to departmental police personnel, the arrests carried out in Rive-de-Gier and Saint-Chamond, in the Loire, as well as in Givors (Rhône), on the rogatory commission of an investigating judge from Saint-Etienne, mobilized 84 police officers. , including those of the Research and Intervention Brigade of the judicial police and two Raid branches, it was added. Almost all of the targets were arrested and placed in police custody in Saint-Chamond and Saint-Etienne, said a police source.
On the night of May 13 to 14, during an intervention by a crew of three police officers for nighttime noise, shortly after midnight in a popular district of Rive-de-Gier, the victim, a 51-year-old police brigadier of the Saint-Chamond police station and father of two children, had received a projectile of an unspecified nature in the head. He had lost consciousness and had collapsed to the ground, in a street of this city of the Saint-Etienne agglomeration. Taken to the Saint-Etienne University Hospital for surgery, he was placed in an artificial coma for a few hours. Released from the hospital on Friday, the official benefits for the moment from a total interruption of work (ITT) of 30 days but should not however return to work for several months, according to another police source.
The public prosecutor of Saint-Etienne, David Charmatz, for his part, announced on Tuesday the referral to an investigating judge as part of the opening of a "
judicial investigation for willful injuries on a person depositary of the public authority, with weapon and in assembly, resulting in an ITT of more than eight days
”. Facts punishable by 10 years imprisonment. The investigation is the subject of a joint referral by the Departmental Directorate of Public Security (DDSP) of the Loire and the judicial police.