Champs Elysees Shooter was Focus of Anti-Terror Probe

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The man who shot dead a policeman on Paris's Champs Elysees Thursday was the focus of an anti-terror probe with a history of attempting to kill officers, sources close to the investigation said.

Raids took place at the 39-year-old's Paris suburb home during the night after he killed the policeman and wounded two others in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. 

He was shot dead in return fire while trying to escape, police sources told AFP.

The suspect was arrested in February on suspicion of plotting to kill officers but was released because of lack of evidence.

He had been convicted in 2005 of three counts of attempted murder, with two of these against police officers, sources said.

The charges dated back to 2001, when he was armed and behind the wheel of a stolen car, which hit another vehicle. 

He fled on foot before the driver of the other car and the passenger -- a trainee police officer -- caught up with him. He fired twice, seriously wounding both men in the chest. 

He was arrested and placed in custody under a false name.

Two days later he seriously injured an officer who was taking him out of his cell, seizing his weapon and firing several times. 

Officials have refused to name the Champs Elysees shooter and are trying to establish if he had accomplices for the attack, which sent people running for their lives on the world-famous street.

Comments 7
Thumb thepatriot 21 April 2017, 08:21

Sick Monster! I hope he rots in hell with the 2 other Monsters on Mastica's avatar Picture ...

Thumb janoubi 21 April 2017, 11:22

Execute him and send his body to iran.

Thumb gigahabib 21 April 2017, 11:59

I'd think he'd much rather like to be buried with his Saudi masters or in the Wahhabi Caliphate.

Thumb janoubi 21 April 2017, 15:32

as much as you prefer to be buried with your masters in Qom.

Thumb gigahabib 21 April 2017, 11:58

It's the same every time. Instead of monitoring Wahhabis, catch them.

Thumb flamethrower-_ 21 April 2017, 15:11

lulz @ mowaten the best "It's the same every time" op-ed writer ever!
All kidding aside they should take a page from the Islamic Republic of Iran's holly book, just tell ISIS not to attack them. ISIS obliged. The Islamic Republic's mainland has never been attacked. Unlike lands of the Wahhabis, Zionists, Crusaders, Western colonialists, Ottoman Sultan Erdogan's Turkeys, Tzar Putin's Russia, Trump's Great Satan, etc..

Thumb galaxy 21 April 2017, 15:48

lol @ the heretic twelver