PARIS—An assailant fatally stabbed a police officer inside the Paris police headquarters on Oct. 3, then was shot dead by another policeman, a police union official said.
There was no word on the motive for the attack and it also was not immediately clear how far inside the building the assailant got before police shot him, a spokesman for the Paris police said he had no comment on the attack.
“As we speak, one colleague is dead following a knife attack. Another colleague is in a state of shock…and the person behind the attack has been shot by another colleague,” Loic Travers, local head of the Alliance police union, said on BFM TV.
Union official Yves Lefebvre said the attack happened around 1 p.m. in the heart of the French capital’s police headquarter, which is located just across the street of the Notre-Dame Cathedral.
Police sources told Reuters the attacker was believed to have been a member of staff at the headquarters but there was no immediate confirmation of this.
French Interior Christophe Castaner is on his way to the scene of the crime, according to BFM TV.
The Parisian transport body said the metro station closest to the police headquarters was closed down for “security reasons”.
The area around the Paris police headquarters has been sealed off, according to BFM TV.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.