An armed man who allegedly shot at the gendarmes was killed by the soldiers Wednesday morning in the city center of Danjoutin (Territoire de Belfort) after a chase, we learned from the gendarmerie and the Belfort prosecutor's office.
During this chase, the 37-year-old man crashed into two gendarmerie vehicles by forcing roadblocks, without causing any injuries, said the gendarmerie, confirming information from L'Est Républicain.
But once blocked by the gendarmes against a sidewalk in Danjoutin, he "would then have opened fire in the direction of the soldiers, who replied," said Eric Plantier, the Belfort prosecutor.
"The individual was fatally wounded and died on the spot," continued Eric Plantier, specifying that the soldiers a priori fired six times on the fugitive.
"The technical and ballistic findings will confirm the number of shots fired by the military," he specified.
The fugitive known for drug cases
"As is the practice in such circumstances two soldiers are placed in police custody as part of an open investigation of the count of willful violence with a weapon resulting in death," said the prosecutor.
The mother of the victim had "called the gendarmerie indicating that her son wanted to end his life", also indicated the gendarmerie.
Wednesday around 10:20 am, the thirty-something had come to squeal his tires in front of the gendarmerie of Beaucourt (Territoire de Belfort) and had exhibited a weapon in front of a gendarme before "set off again", triggering the chase, according to the gendarmerie.
The man was known to the gendarmerie for drug cases.
The investigation was entrusted in cosaisine to the research section of Besançon and to the general inspectorate of the national gendarmerie.