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An individual holed up at home arrested after shooting at gendarmes in the Rhône – RT in French

A 66-year-old fanatic was arrested by the GIGN after opening fire on gendarmes. He was apprehended “without incident” and placed in police custody for “attempted murder of a person holding public authority”.

A man entrenched in his home with a rifle shot at gendarmes, without injuring them, on the evening of October 25 north of Lyon, before being arrested by the GIGN early in the morning of October 26, we have learned from the prosecution. The facts occurred in Ardillats (Rhône), a village in Beaujolais.

The arrest by the elite unit of the gendarmerie of this 66-year-old man took place around 5:30 am, “smoothly” told AFP the public prosecutor of Villefranche-sur-Saône , Laëtitia Francart. He had since been in police custody for “attempted murder of a person holding public authority”.

According to the regional daily Progress, the man would have left his home after a family dispute, armed with a rifle and making disturbing remarks, according to neighbors, who alerted the police. Tracked by a gendarmerie helicopter in the countryside, the man was then entrenched at his home in the early evening, before firing on the police.

The 60-year-old, who was not previously known for acts of violence, did not hurt, added Laëtitia Francart.

Gendarmes have been targeted several times in recent months in France, while they intervened to apprehend madmen, some of whom were injured or killed by the military response. At the end of 2020 in the Puy-de-Dôme, on the contrary, three gendarmes had been shot dead by a man they were trying to arrest after domestic violence.

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