Video of the moment the beheading attack suspect is shot by French police
PARIS, FRANCE – Amateur video filmed on Friday showed police officers engaged in a tense confrontation with an 18-year-old man suspected of beheading a teacher in a town near Paris.
Demonstrations were held across France on Sunday in tribute to a teacher who was beheaded by an attacker after showing his students caricatures of Mohammad.
Samuel Paty was murdered near the school where he worked, in the commune of Conflans Saint-Honorine, northwest of Paris, on Friday.
The suspected killer, who officials said was an 18-year-old Chechen refugee, was armed with a knife and a plastic pellet gun, was later shot dead by officers in a nearby town, police said.
French authorities have launched an anti-terror investigation.
President Emmanuel Macron called it an “assassination” and an “Islamist terrorist attack”.
The leaders of the main political parties, associations and trade unions joined demonstrations on Sunday afternoon in Paris, Place de la République, and in many other cities including Lyon, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Nantes, Marseille, Lille and Bordeaux.
The alleged attacker was reported to be 18 years old, of Chechen origin and born in Moscow.
Officials said he was shot dead in the neighbouring town of Éragny after he acted in a threatening manner and failed to respond to an order to put down his weapons.
Officials said he was unknown to intelligence services.