Paris Shooting: One police officer killed, two wounded in Champs-Elysees attack

(NBCNews) - France was on high alert Thursday after one police officer was killed and two others were wounded in a shooting on one of Paris' most famous streets.

The person suspected of opening fire on the officers on the Champs-Elysees was also shot and killed, French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre Henry-Brandet said.

"Police officers were deliberately targeted," Henry-Brandet added.

The shooter pulled up beside a parked police car and opened fire, he said. The driver then abandoned the car and was fatally shot while trying to flee on foot.

Witness Foday Fofamah told NBC News the shooter was driving an Audi and he saw the man jump out and open fire on the officers.

The National Police Union confirmed that one officer was killed and two others were wounded.

In Washington, President Donald Trump said it "looks like another terrorist attack."

"What can you say?" Trump said. "It just never ends."

Meanwhile, as France's elite anti-terrorism took control of the crime scene and searched the shooter's car for possible explosives dozens of police officers kept the curious away.

"The area is dangerous because of shooting," a police officer yelled at reporters in English. "You have to stay back."

BFMTV was the first to report the shooting on one of the Paris' most famous boulevards.

The deadly shooting happened as France is in the midst of a hard-fought presidential election.

Marine Le Pen, one of the candidates and leader of France's far-right National Front, tweeted her support of the officers.

"Emotion and solidarity for our security forces, again being targeted," she wrote.

Le Pen's rival, Francois Fillon, also tweeted his support. "Tribute to the security forces who give their lives to protect ours," he wrote.

Candidate Emmanuel Macron also chimed-in. "Tonight I would like to express my solidarity with respect to all of our security forces," he tweeted.


While it remained unclear what was behind the latest spasm of deadly violence in Paris, the city has had to contend with a series of terrorist attacks that have terrified the French.

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