The two investigators were still hospitalized Tuesday, according to the prosecution, but the state of health of the sergeant, whose vital prognosis was engaged, remained stationary on Tuesday.
Six days after the violent attack which targeted two police officers in Herblay (Val-d’Oise), one of the three suspects was indicted for “attempted murder” and placed in detention on Tuesday, while his two alleged accomplices still could not be found. After ninety-six hours in police custody, this 28-year-old man was indicted for “attempted murder of persons in public authority” and for “possession of a weapon in a meeting. “, the Pontoise prosecutor’s office told AFP.
Members of the Cergy-Pontoise judicial police, the two officials, aged 30 and 45, were attacked while they were in an unmarked car under surveillance in an industrial area of Herblay, on October 7 around 10:30 p.m. Their attackers first beat them on the ground, especially in the face and head, before stealing their service weapons and opening fire on them several times, seriously injuring them. The two investigators were still hospitalized Tuesday, according to the prosecution, but the state of health of the sergeant, whose vital prognosis was engaged, remained stationary on Tuesday.
From the start of their investigation, the police established the presence of three suspects at the scene of the assault. The 28 year old man, who surrendered to the police in Versailles on Friday, claims to have been at the scene of the attack with two other very alcoholic men who would have unleashed on the two officials, told AFP his lawyer, Me Joseph Cohen-Sabban. “It is now accepted that he did not shoot the police” and “the police know which of the three fired,” he told AFP. The other two suspects were still wanted on Tuesday evening by around 300 police officers, called in to reinforce this case, we learned from a source close to the investigation.
The attackers allegedly mistook the officials for “gypsies disguised as cops”, according to police sources. According to the version of the young man told by his lawyer, “the tone would then be raised” between his two accomplices and the officials, after they had declined their profession. This attack sparked indignation from the executive and many reactions from the political class. Prime Minister Jean Castex condemned an act of “great savagery” having “targeted the Republic”. These police officers were “massacred”, added the Minister of the Interior Gerald Darmanin.
Marine Le Pen attacked the executive. “What must be done so that the government takes the situation seriously and decrees a huge turn of the screw on crime?”, She tweeted. As for the President of the Republicans Christian Jacob, he accused Emmanuel Macron and the government of “laxity, laissez-faire, lack of reaction”. According to a study published in November 2019 by the National Observatory of Delinquency and Criminal Responses (ONDRP), the national police identified 12,853 injured officers in 2018, up nearly 16% compared to 2017. Police unions were received Tuesday afternoon by Mr. Darmanin, before being received Thursday by the Head of State.
Video: Herblay: two police officers shot dead, their service weapons stolen (Dailymotion)