Four police officers have reportedly died in a knife attack carried out by an administrator at the Paris police headquarters, a French police union official says.
Union official Loic Travers said the attack on Thursday appears to have begun in an office and continued elsewhere inside the large compound across the street from Notre Dame Cathedral.
The attacker was then shot to death by another officer, Travers said.
Travers says the motive is unknown, but the employee allegedly responsible for the violence apparently never posed any problems before.
He says he can’t remember an attack on police officers of this magnitude.
The area around the police headquarters was sealed off and the nearest metro station was shut for security reasons, the transport authority said.
“As we speak, one colleague is dead following a knife attack. Another colleague is in a state of shock … and the person behind the attack has been shot by another colleague,” Travers said on BFM TV.
A police spokesman said he had no comment on the incident.
Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron has gone to the Paris police headquarters.
Macron’s office said the president wanted to show solidarity and support toward all police officers and employees.
The French prime minister, interior minister and Paris prosecutor were also on the scene.