Man Killed at Paris Airport Was Involved in Earlier Carjacking, Shooting

Jennifer Van Laar
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Posted: Mar 18, 2017 11:54 AM
Man Killed at Paris Airport Was Involved in Earlier Carjacking, Shooting

French authorities told CNN that Ziyed Ben Belgacem, the man who was killed at Paris Orly Airport after he attempted to seize a soldier's gun, was involved in a shooting and carjacking shortly before the airport shooting.

From CNN:

About 90 minutes before the airport incident, the attacker had used a gun that fires steel pellets to shoot an officer after being asked for ID at a police checkpoint north of Paris, Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux said at a news conference. Such a weapon could inflict harm but would not usually be lethal.

The attacker then carjacked a vehicle south of Paris before making his way to the airport, Paris prosecutor's spokeswoman Agnès Thibault-Lecuivre told CNN.

Fortunately, the officer was not seriously hurt. A police operation is underway in the neighborhood where the shooting took place, and Belgacem's father and brother are being questioned. The 39-year-old was known to intelligence services and to police "for nine instances of armed robbery and drug trafficking."