Assailant shot dead after latest brutal attack on French cop leaves three wounded

A knifeman who stabbed a French police officer, stole her pistol and went on the run has been killed in a shootout with police.

The brutal attack took place in La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, just outside the north-west city of Nantes on Friday morning around 10am.

According to French media, a man entered the local police station and attacked the female officer with a knife, inflicting life-threatening injuries. The 40-year-old female police officer was stabbed multiple times in the leg, arm and hand.

After grabbing his victim’s handgun, the man went on the run resulting in a huge police manhunt which lasted just over three hours before the assailant was arrested following a shootout.

Two more officers were shot in the hand and the arm during an exchange of fire but are in a stable condition. Although apprehended and given medical assistance, the assailant died at the scene.

The man is believed to have been known to police and was on a list of suspected radicals.

Johanna Rolland, the mayor of Nantes expressed her shock by such a “despicable, unspeakable act, which I obviously strongly condemn. To attack those who protect us on a daily basis, what could be more abject?”

Commenting on the attack, presidential candidate Marine Le Pen offered her support to those injured and said: “I refuse to allow attacks on our police officers to become our daily life. We must finally fight this barbarism and never, absolutely never get used to it.

She later questioned how an “individual known for radicalisation, known to have wanted to attack police” could be “outside free to harm”, and called on the government to “provide answers to this intolerable situation”.

The attack comes just over a month after the death of Stephanie Monferme, a French police officer who was stabbed to death by a Tunisian migrant knifeman in Rambouillet.

The migrant killer shouted “Allahu Akbar” at the entrance of the police station and proceeded to slit his victim’s throat before being shot by her colleagues.