Three French agents were shot on the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, and a fourth was injured in a severe shooting incident in central France, the prosecutor said.
The incident happened in a hamlet near Saint-Just (Puy-de-Dôme). Police operation around the house where the deadly shots were fired is still ongoing, according to local media.
The gendarmes of the national police went to a report of domestic violence shortly after midnight. They were shot by a 48-year-old man trying to save a woman. She had taken refuge on the roof of the house.
One officer was killed while the police approached the house. Another was injured in the thigh and taken to hospital by rescue services.
After the culprit set the house on fire, he shot two more gendarmes who were standing by the house. They belonged to the anti-terrorist unit GIGN that had also been wrecked.
The woman who came to rescue the officers has been brought to safety, according to local media. The man is said to be known to the authorities in connection with his children’s issues surrounding custody.