an armed man shot dead by the gendarmes of the Territoire-de-Belfort

After a chase that started this morning in Beaucourt (90), a man was shot dead in the rue du 21 novembre in Danjoutin by the gendarmes of Territoire-de-Belfort. The military invoke self-defense.

According to the first elements collected from the police, a man, aged 37, came to “squeal his tires” in front of the Beaucourt gendarmerie. He was armed. Then he fled, still in a car. According to the Public Prosecutor of Territoire-de-Belfort, “this man refused any control between Beaucourt and Andelnans, even forcing passage through the Morvillars roundabout on the RN19 where a gendarmerie vehicle was positioned”.

The gendarmes of the Peleton de Surveillance et d’Intervention de la Gendarmerie pursued the fugitive who left the national 19 near Andelnans and took the direction of Danjoutin. According to the magistrate, “He would have on several occasions between Beaucourt and Danjoutin exhibited a handgun through the window of his vehicle. It is not possible to confirm at this stage whether or not he would have fired shots.”


Beaucourt police station (90)

Beaucourt police station (90)

© Rémy Poirot – France Televisions

At the roundabout called the Pot of Tin, the driver collided with a vehicle and then entered the rue du 21 novembre in Danjoutin. The gendarmes “came up to him and wedged the fugitive’s vehicle between theirs and the sidewalk. The fugitive then opened fire in the direction of the soldiers who replied“specifies Eric Plantier, public prosecutor.” The technical and ballistic findings will confirm the number of shots fired by the soldiers, which at this stage of the investigation would be six. “

The man was fatally injured and died on the spot. The man was known to the gendarmerie for drug cases. His mother called the gendarmerie this morning indicating that her son wanted to end his life.

The investigation is entrusted in cosaisine to the research section of Besançon and to the general inspectorate of the national gendarmerie. As in such a case, two gendarmes were taken into police custody as part of an open investigation by the count of violence with a weapon resulting in death without intention of giving it. At this stage of the investigation, the terrorist trail is not privileged.



After the arrest of the fugitive in Danjoutin

After the arrest of the fugitive in Danjoutin

© Rémy Poirot – France Televisions

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