Parisian shooter was sentenced to 15 years for attacking policemen, - source

French media say this is unofficial data

14:51, 21 April 2017

Associated Press

The French who shot at policemen on the Champs-Elysées on Thursday, April 20, and killed one of them, was a dangerous habitual offender, previously convicted for a long prison term. This was reported by France Info agency.

“According to the unofficial information, this 39-year-old Frenchman in 2005 was sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment for assaulting police officers aiming to kill them. He was born in Seine-Saint-Denis,” the agency wrote.

The offender was investigated in February this year after it was found out he made statements that he intended to kill policemen. He was detained, but then released, as police could not find convincing evidence.

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French media emphasizes that all this data is unofficial. It is expected that today, on April 21, or in the coming days, Paris prosecutor will give the first official information about the man killed in the shootout with the police on the Champs-Elysées.

Earlier it was reported that Ukraine’s Foreign Minister condemned yesterday's terrorist attack in Paris. "We share the grief of the French people and express our solidarity with France," Pavlo Klimkin noted.

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