Knifeman shot dead near Paris Eurostar in broad daylight after threatening cops with blade

A KNIFEMAN has been shot dead close to the Eurostar hub in Paris today after he threatened a mountain bike policeman.

The attacker reportedly approached the cop as he was standing guarding his colleagues bikes while two other officers attended a nearby domestic incident earlier on Sunday.

The knifeman reportedly threatened the officer and drew a blade – prompting the cop to shoot him three times just before midday.

It follows a series of terrorist incidents across France in which radicalised young men have attacked the forces of law and order and others with knives and other weapons.

But early investigations into today’s shooting have not uncovered any evidence of terrorism, said the source.

"The officer was standing by the mountain bikes while two of his colleagues attended a domestic incident in a nearby building,’ said an investigating source.

"A man began threatening the policeman, and then approached him with a knife, while ignoring warnings.

"The officer said he had no option but to open fire with his service pistol, and the knifeman was hit three times before dying on the spot."

Paris prosecutors had visited the scene by early afternoon, together with investigators from the Judicial Police. 

"Investigations are being entrusted to the IPGN," said a police spokesman, referring to the General Inspectorate of the National Police in France. 

"The exact circumstances of what happened have yet to be established," said the spokesman, who said the death took place in Rue Boinod, in the 18th district of Paris.

It is close to the main railway lines from which high speed trains travel to and from cities including London.

Yoann Maras, of the Alliance police union, said it was unlikely to be a terrorist attack, and more likely an incident involving a "disturbed person".

More to follow…

For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. is your go to destination for the best celebrity news, football news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video.

Download our fantastic, new and improved free App for the best ever Sun Online experience. For iPhone click here, for Android click here. 

Like us on Facebook at and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheSun.

Source: Read Full Article