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Policeman killed in shopping centre attack

Matthew Warren · 11 Apr 2012, 08:13

Published: 11 Apr 2012 08:13 GMT+02:00

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A 32-year-old policeman was killed early on Wednesday morning as he attended a burglary at a large electrical goods store.

Interior ministry officials announced that officers from the Brigade Anti-Criminalité division were called to the burglary at a Darty store just after midnight on Wednesday morning.

The officer, named as Cédric Papatico, was deliberately knocked over by the suspects who were driving a 4x4 Porsche Cayenne. 

The officer was thrown several metres by the impact and died of his injuries at around 1.30am.

The attack took place at a large shopping centre in the south west town of Saint-Alban-Leysse.

"Last night the Brigade Anti-Criminalité (BAC) of Chambéry was called to a burglary in a large shopping centre," said Pierre-Henri Brandet, an interior ministry spokesman.

"The suspects tried to escape and deliberately drove into the officers and, as a result, a 32-year-old policeman died as a result of his injuries."

Radio station RTL reported on Wednesday morning that the dead officer was a father of a six-year-old girl.

A Porsche Cayenne fitting the description of that used by the suspects was later found burnt out in a suburb of Lyon, around 100 kilometres from the shopping centre.

President Nicolas Sarkozy told radio station France Info on Wednesday that "everything would be done to catch the murderers."




Matthew Warren (news.france@thelocal.com)

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