Paris (MailOnline, March 18,2017):A convicted criminal with links to radical Islam has been shot dead at Paris Orly airport after trying to wrestle a soldier’s gun from her and fleeing into a McDonald’s.
Less than two hours earlier, a female police officer had been shot in the head in a northern Paris suburb during a routine stop-and-search operation.
Officials have confirmed that the shooting in Stains, where a gunman opened fire on three police officers, was carried out by the man who was later killed.
After the police shooting, the 39-year-old fled in a Renault Clio, which was later found abandonned 11 miles away on the other side of Paris.
He hijacked a woman’s car at gunpoint, and this second car was later found parked at the airport.
Today’s incidents come as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Paris, where they have met with victims of terrorism.
The man killed at the airport had previously been jailed for drug trafficking and was radicalised in prison.
He has not been formally identified, but was a homeless French national on the run from the authorities, according to police sources.
France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor has opened an investigation into the shootings.