Loira: a man shot dead by police officers who was threatened with a knife

A 35-year-old man was shot and killed at his home Monday night by police called on the spot who threatened with a knife, according to the Saint-Etienne prosecutor’s office. The individual was followed in psychiatry.

Originally from Togo, the man was very agitated when his wife and son-in-law locked him in the family apartment in La Talaudière (Loire) and called the police around 8:00 p.m.

The day before, he had left the psychiatric hospital where he had been briefly admitted to the emergency room and where his wife, in her 50s, with whom he had been married for four years, was scheduled to return him on Tuesday, according to the report. .same source.

“He was hit by psychic decompensation since 2020. Then he was subjected to a treatment that stabilized him,” Deputy Prosecutor in Saint-Etienne, André Merle, said during a press conference.

“The use of an electric pulse pistol by the police did not allow him to be arrested. The electric arc was not formed because one of the two electrodes was stopped by a chair ”, continued the magistrate.

“As the individual continued to advance towards a policeman, threatening him with a 30-centimeter-long butcher knife, the latter first stopped the blows, then ended up firing a shot in his direction,” added the representative of the prosecution.

The man, whose body was pierced by the projectile, died a few minutes later. On Wednesday, an autopsy will be carried out on this employee of the La Talaudière slaughterhouse.

The investigation was entrusted by the Prosecutor’s Office to the General Inspection of the National Police (IGPN). “The two Bac policemen, who intervened at this man’s house at the request of his wife, are currently being heard at our premises,” said divisional commissioner Jean-François Ligout, head of the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes delegation. IGPN.

The scene was filmed by the victim’s stepson using his phone. The IGPN was already seized on Saturday in the Loire, after the arrest in Saint-Etienne of a man suspected of robbery, hit by five bullets fired by the police while firing a simulated pistol in the direction of the forces of the order.

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