The Italie 2 shopping center (Paris XIII) is decorated for the Christmas holidays.
But this Sunday evening, it was a much sadder event that occurred in the midst of the illuminations.
It was around 6:40 p.m. when a 29-year-old policeman, off duty, belonging to the DSPAP (Department of Proximity Security of the Parisian agglomeration) affected, who was walking with his partner, was caught in an altercation involving young people. on the third floor of the center.
The discussion escalates for a reason which at this stage of the investigation remains unknown.
One of the young people then stabs the official and hits him in the chest before fleeing.
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The firefighters intervened quickly and found a five-centimeter intercostal wound.
The young peacekeeper had a vital prognosis and he was evacuated, escorted by bikers to the Henri-Mondor hospital in Créteil (Val-de-Marne).
On the spot, an important police device is set up in order to find the author of the stabbing and his accomplices.
The testimony of his companion
“At this stage, it is too early to say whether he was attacked because he was recognized by young people with whom he had already dealt in his functions or if he witnessed an altercation that he wanted to interrupt. We would lean more for the first hypothesis. He was not in the district where he works, ”explains a source close to the investigation. According to our information, an alleged perpetrator was arrested this Sunday evening, shortly before 9 p.m.
According to our information, the official's partner explained that they were hugging when two young people approached them and started making derogatory comments.
According to what she relates, one of the two young people then jostled her and the group went out to the forecourt of the center which overlooks the second floor.
It was then that the young man realized he had been stabbed.
He announced his status as a police officer and drew his gun before collapsing.