French hero cop, who swapped places with woman hostage, dies

25 Mars, 2018, 00:16 | Auteur: Lynn Cook
  • Police officers at a supermarket in Trebes where a gunman took people hostage on Friday

They were aided by a heroic police officer who had offered himself up in a hostage swap and suffered life-threatening wounds as a result - one of 16 people injured in the day's violence.

"We want to be as close to real conditions as possible", he said then. "He was very aware of what he was doing ... if we don't describe him as a hero, I don't know what you need to do to be a hero".

According to court sources announced today, last night there was the arrest of a second person related to the attacker, who was identified as Radouane Lakdim, a 25-year-old Moroccan who was known by the police for crimes. He managed to keep his cellphone on, enabling his colleagues outside to listen in on events inside the supermarket. 1 Through the phone call, police heard gunshots going off inside of the supermarket, and stormed the supermarket. The death toll rose to four with his death.

He joined the Republican Guard protecting the presidential palace after returning from Iraq, and also worked as head of a gendarmerie force in Normandy and an advisor to the environment ministry.

French Lieutenant Colonel Arnaud Beltrame was killed after swapping himself for a hostage in a rampage and siege in the town of Trebes, southwestern France, on March 23. Lakdim acted alone, starting early Friday morning near the city of Carcassonne, stealing a car and killing its owner.

At what point was the officer wounded?

He has always been like that.

In 2012, he was knighted in France's prestigious Legion of Honor.

Redouane Lakdim, a French national, was born in April 1992 in Morocco.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said the attacker was Redouane Lakdim, 26 a petty criminal and drug dealer.

The gendarme, whom media named as Lt-Col Arnaud Beltrame, helped bring an end to a gunman's shooting spree that killed three in southern France.

Lakdim had pledged allegiance to Syria and allegedly screamed "Vengeance for Syria!" during the attack and later demanded the release of Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam.

"The level of the terrorist threat on our territory has not waned", said François Molins, the Paris prosecutor, who handles terrorism investigations nationwide.

"I want to tell the nation tonight of my absolute determination in leading this fight", said Macron, who returned to Paris from Brussels to chair a crisis meeting with ministers and security officials. The police were wearing athletic clothes with police insignia. "We just pray for opportunity to share the love of Jesus and his message of hope to people".

Stills and video shows the scene as police initially responded to news of the attacks.

"We heard an explosion well, several explosions", shopper Christian Guibbert told reporters.

The manager of the supermarket said she felt "helpless". "I am a soldier of Da'esh".

Beltrame's mother said she wasn't surprised by her son's courage.

"It was terrifying", she said.

That assault marked the first of several big Islamist attacks in France since 2015, including the massacre at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, the November 2015 attacks that killed 130 in Paris, and the 2016 Bastille Day truck attack in Nice.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Married with no children, Beltrame had served in the French military police and received a number of awards for bravery.