Three French police officers were shot dead and a fourth wounded when a man opened fire as they arrived at a house in a remote village in response to a call about domestic violence against a woman, police and French media said on Wednesday.
The mayor of the nearby French town of Saint-Just said special forces were on the scene following the fatal shooting in the village, said media.
The French Interior ministry later confirmed the details surrounding the officers’ deaths, which occurred in the central region of Puy-de-Dôme. The three officers were aged 21, 37 and 45 years old, the ministry said in a statement.
Mayor Francois Chautard said police were called to a report of domestic violence in the village in central France, some 180 km (114 miles) west of the city of Lyon.
When police arrived a 48-year-old man starting shooting at them and then set fire to the house, according to media reports.
The woman, who was the reported victim of domestic violence, sought refuge on the roof of the house and was rescued safely by police.
A police operation was still underway in the village, said French television service BFMTV.
(Reporting by Reporting by Christian Lowe in Paris and Ismail Shakil in Bengaluru; Writing by Michael Perry; Editing by Himani Sarkar and Richard Pullin)
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