22-year-old woman killed in drug bust

An anti-drug operation went wrong in Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, on the night of Tuesday September 6 to Wednesday September 7. The passenger of a vehicle suspected of transporting drugs was killed by police fire, after an attempted interception by the judicial police, learned franceinfo from a police source.

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The facts occurred in the middle of the night, around 1 a.m., on the access ramp to the road from Lorient to Rennes. Four teams from the BRI, the Research and Intervention Brigade, positioned themselves to stop a Peugeot 208 in the middle of the journey, but the driver refused to comply. He did not stop and hit three of the four police vehicles, injuring one of the officials in the leg, according to the first elements of the investigation.

The injured officer then fired towards the car, injuring the 26-year-old driver, already known to the police, in the arm and killing the 22-year-old passenger. The policeman did”use once again of his service weapon“, specifies to franceinfo the public prosecutor of Rennes, Philippe Astruc. After having injured the driver, “the projectile” then reached the passenger, “driver’s companion“, “unknown to the judicial services” and “residing in the Rouen region“.

A quantity of narcotics of 111 grams of cocaine was found near the scene along the access ramp, indicates the prosecutor of Rennes. A policeman indicating that he saw this bag being thrown from the Peugeot vehicle following the first intervention by a policeman. The police officer shot in the leg benefits from two days of ITT, the driver injured in the arm was able to come out of the hospital with 15 days of ITT (the bullet having crossed his right arm in particular), according to the prosecutor. The driver was taken into custody but persists in his silence during the hearings.

In addition to the procedure for drug trafficking which was already underway, two investigations were opened last night, the prosecutor told franceinfo. One for “attempted intentional homicide on a person holding public authority” against the driver accused of refusing to comply. The other for “voluntary violence resulting in death without intention to give it” and “violence with a weapon” by “person holding public authority”. The latter was entrusted to the General Inspectorate of the National Police (IGPN) as required by the procedure each time a police officer uses his service weapon.

At this stage, many hearings, findings and verifications remain to be done in these three procedures“, specifies to franceinfo the prosecutor of Rennes.

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