The Lyon public prosecutor’s office announced on August 20 that the driver of the car reported stolen and whose vital prognosis was committed after police fire during a check in Vénissieux (Rhône) on the evening of August 18 had died the next day ” at the end of the evening”.
Aged 26 and from Annecy, the young man had been hospitalized and his vital prognosis was engaged, while the passenger, a 20-year-old Lyonnais, had been killed instantly during this check where, according to the prosecution, the two police officers are said to have acted in “self-defence”. The police custody of the two officials was lifted on August 19, the Lyon prosecutor’s office said the same evening. It took place “as part of the investigation entrusted to the IGPN and opened into the heads of voluntary violence by persons holding public authority which resulted in death without intention of giving it”.
While the first elements “seem to corroborate the hypothesis of self-defense”, additional investigations will however “confirm the exact circumstances in which the police used their weapons”, continued the prosecution on August 19, announcing that it had decided to open a judicial inquiry on the same counts.
Two individuals known to the police
The driver’s criminal record bears the mention of nine convictions and he is being searched for “aggravated theft” of vehicles, according to the same source.
His passenger was known to the police, but his criminal record does not mention any conviction, said the prosecution. Around midnight on the night of August 18 to 19 in Vénissieux, a sensitive town near Lyon, four police officers on night patrol spotted a reported stolen vehicle parked in the parking lot of a shopping center.
“While the police were preparing to check the car, the driver engaged reverse gear then forward gear, hitting a police officer who was thrown onto the hood of the vehicle,” according to a first press release from the prosecution. “The car continued to progress and two police officers, including the one positioned on the bonnet, used their weapon several times”, he said, and “the car ended its race a hundred meters further”.
The police officer struck was slightly injured in the legs and examined at the hospital, according to the prosecution. Two sections of the CRS8, an elite unit of the national police, ie 40 men, also arrived as reinforcements in Vénissieux from the evening of August 19, according to the police.
Visiting Corsica, the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin brought on august 19 his “a priori support [à] all the police and gendarmes of France who face refusals to comply every day since there is one every half hour in our country”.