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LILLE: “He completely takes over his gesture, convinced that he had no other choice”: The police officer who was placed in police custody after shooting a young man in the North on Tuesday during a refusal to obey, was charged on Wednesday.

His lawyer Manon Dugast clarified that he had been charged with “acts of violence which resulted in death with no intention of giving it” and released, confirming information from La Voix du Nord.

The Lille prosecutor confirmed that she had filed charges for this qualification.

“The facts are materially acknowledged, but justified by what is a cause of criminal irresponsibility: self-defense, which at this stage has yet to be supported by investigations”, but which “the first elements tend to show,” assured Me Dugast.

According to the account Tuesday of the prosecutor of Lille, Carole Etienne, a police squad wanted to check the “occupiers of a vehicle with false number plates” in Neuville-en-Ferrain, a border town of Belgium, next to Tourcoing around 3:00 am.

The driver of the car, a young man of 23, from Roubaix, then “suddenly escaped,” she explained.


“During the escape, a police officer managed to open the driver’s side door to get the person out and used his weapon once. The driver of the vehicle died at the scene despite the intervention of emergency services,” he said. continued.

The passenger of the vehicle was placed in police custody “for concealment of vehicle theft and complicity in refusing to comply”.

The conclusions of the victim’s autopsy “are compatible with the initial elements of the investigation” but “will be supplemented by ballistics examinations,” the parquet floor said in a press release Wednesday morning.

“The victim was fatally injured by a single shot to the ribs on the left side,” he added.

According to a police source, this young man was “known for various heavy narcotics and concealment”. He would serve a six-month prison sentence for “failing to perform community service”, the “final decision of June 2022”.

In this new case of a person killed during a refusal to comply, the investigations were entrusted to the Zonal Directorate of the Judicial Police and to the IGPN, the “police police”.

“Immaculate track record”

“(The police officer) was hit (by the vehicle, editor’s note), there is a medical finding, he could have been crushed,” Me Dugast insisted. “At the time of the attempted arrest, the vehicle was set in motion in an extremely violent manner,” she said.

“He is aware of the seriousness of what happened,” the lawyer continued, assuring that “it was the first time he shot, because he had no other way out”.

She describes a police officer with an “exemplary career” and “impeccable service”, “highly respected, very humane, very supportive”, who “has no disciplinary incident to his name”.

Of the 14,240 national police denials registered in 2021, 157 related to “use of firearms on moving vehicles,” according to police figures.

Last June, the Defender of Rights decided to “officially” address three cases involving police officers who had used their weapons after refusing to cooperate.

These three files concern four deaths: a motorist on March 26 in Sevran, two men in a car on April 24 on the Pont-Neuf in Paris and a passenger in a vehicle in the 18th arrondissement of the capital on June 4.

Other cases have emerged recently, such as in mid-August in Vénissieux, a sensitive town near Lyon, where police fired several shots while checking a car reported as stolen, killing two.

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