A 29-year-old Muslim radical on a French terror watchlist was fatally shot by police after stabbing a female police officer at a local police station, stealing her gun, and sparking an intensive manhunt ending in a hostage-taking and shoot-out.
The attack took place at a municipal police station in La Chapelle-sur-Erdre near Nantes and saw the 29-year-old enter the police station and claiming to have a problem with his car. He then quickly attacked a female police officer in her fifties with a knife, wounding her in the hand and legs.
Police officers on the scene attempted to intervene but the man threatened them with his knife as well as a firearm he had stolen from the female officer.
As the Islamic radical made efforts to leave the police station, another officer confronted him. The 29-year-old attempted to stab the officer but his bulletproof vest broke the attacker’s knife.