France / Refusal to comply in Vénissieux: The driver is dead

AA / Paris / Ümit Dönmez

The driver injured in the head by police fire, on the night of Thursday to Friday in Vénissieux, in the Lyon suburbs, is dead.

The man succumbed to his injuries at the Lyon Sud hospital on Friday evening, the BFMTV news channel reported.

The driver of the vehicle was taken to hospital in serious condition after being fired upon by police.

As a reminder, the passenger of a vehicle had been killed and its driver injured in the head by the police, in Vénissieux, following a refusal to comply.

During the night from Thursday to Friday, in the parking lot of a supermarket, while the police tried to carry out the control of a vehicle reported for theft, the driver had refused to stop, before rushing towards the agents and to hit a police officer who had found himself on the hood of the vehicle, leading the officers to open fire, according to police sources interviewed by BFMTV.

Despite the arrival of help, the passenger, aged 20, died, while the driver, seriously injured, had been hospitalized.

An investigation to determine under what specific circumstances the police opened fire had been entrusted to the Rhône Departmental Security. The General Inspectorate of the National Police (IGPN) had been seized.

The two police officers who opened fire were taken into custody at the IGPN on Friday morning, before being released 24 hours later.

BFMTV reports that, according to the first elements of the investigation, the police acted in a situation of self-defense.

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