After a refusal to comply during which a police officer was seriously injured Thursday in Sochaux (Doubs), two judicial investigations have been opened. One for counts of attempted murder of a person holding public authority and refusal to comply and the other for "violence with weapons" with regard to the shooting by firearm of a police officer, said this Friday the prosecutor's office of Montbéliard.
Thursday, shortly before 19 p.m., a police officer of the Anti-Crime Brigade (BAC) of the Montbéliard police station "was seriously injured while participating, with two colleagues, in the arrest of a 22-year-old man" already convicted and subject to a search warrant for escape, said the public prosecutor in a statement. One of the police officers used his service weapon, "shooting the wanted person in the hip," he said.
These facts occurred in the courtyard of the building of the parents of the young man sought, at the wheel of a vehicle with which he had refused to comply a few days earlier, managing to flee.
The policeman dragged under the chassis of the vehicle
According to the first elements of the investigation, "despite the repeated injunctions of the police whose quality was apparent", the man, who was accompanied by his girlfriend, "would have started his vehicle in reverse from a garage box in which he was parked", hitting from behind the police officer who was trying to prevent him from fleeing, explains the prosecutor.
The officer was dragged "under the chassis of the vehicle". Despite his screams and new orders to stop, the young man would have continued his escape, this time from the front, hitting the BAC vehicle, "and taking away the victim trapped under the chassis". A police officer then allegedly "fired three times in the direction of the vehicle", which caused him to be immobilized.
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The seriously injured police officer "was still trapped under the chassis of the vehicle when first aid arrived" and has since been hospitalized. His prognosis is not engaged and he could be heard as part of the investigation, says the prosecutor. He reportedly suffered "a double fracture of the left wrist, a fracture of the right shoulder blade, broken ribs and head trauma."
The arrested man underwent surgery Friday morning and was taken into custody in the early afternoon. The police officer responsible for the shooting was heard Thursday night as part of a free hearing.