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NEWS – The custody of the gendarme author on Friday, August 7, of a fatal shooting of a truck driver who refused to obey, was lifted this Sunday afternoon, August 9, according to AFP the Montauban prosecutor.
The 36-year-old aide was released after an extension of his police custody that began Friday. Wounded, the soldier is on sick leave, said Republic prosecutor Laurent Czernik.
The investigation by the National Gendarmerie General Inspectorate (IGGN) for “violence by a head of public authority resulting in death without the intention of committing it” continues under the authority of the prosecution, stressed Laurent Czernik.
Determine the circumstances of the use of the weapon.
“Experts” from the IRCGN (National Gendarmerie Criminal Investigation Institute) vehicle department will have to reconstruct the development of the events.
This investigation must determine the circumstances in which the soldier used his weapon against this 35-year-old driver, who had just collided with a gendarmerie vehicle on the road near Montauban, after having fled a traffic control.
According to the first observations, the soldier fired four times, including a fatal shot, an autopsy must be performed.
Sentenced 7 times by justice
The driver, a French national, “lived a priori with his mother in Montauban” and worked for a company based in Lot-et-Garonne, the prosecutor said on Saturday. He had been convicted 7 times, including 3 times for driving without insurance, it was specified.
He had no more points on his driver’s license, but the zero balance had not yet been notified. She had also tested positive for cocaine. On Friday afternoon, this driver was subject to a check while driving in the prohibited direction, but suddenly fled after gendarmes took his license away.
There was a chase, first in an apartment and then on the highway. The gendarmes tried to arrest him several times with mini stands. A first gendarmerie car was run over, a gendarme in another vehicle decided to shoot, the prosecutor said.
Another investigation for endangering the gendarmes
A second investigation into the refusal to obey and the danger to the life of the gendarmes was entrusted to the investigation section of the Toulouse gendarmerie.
This case follows the death since the beginning of July of a police officer and a young gendarme, both killed by motorists who refused to obey the police.
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