French police have shot and injured a woman suspected of threatening to detonate an explosive device on a train traveling to Paris, authorities said on Tuesday. The incident occurred at the Bibliotheque Francois-Mitterrand Metro station in Paris at around 9:20am local time.
The woman, who was reportedly known to Parisian authorities, was wearing a long abaya robe traditionally worn by Muslims. Several passengers on the train had notified the emergency services that the woman was making terrorist threats.
In response to the threat, the police had isolated the suspect for about 50 minutes before the shooting occurred. The officers made the decision to shoot in order to neutralize the woman and prevent a potential explosion. Law enforcement spokesperson Axel Ronde stated, “The police officers made the right decision. The person was extremely determined to take action and given the determination, my colleagues had no other choice, to avoid being hit by an explosion, than to neutralize her by shooting her with a firearm.”
The woman was seriously injured as a result of being hit by a single shot. She was immediately taken to a local hospital for emergency treatment. Fortunately, no explosives were found at the scene.
Subsequently, a police investigation has been opened to determine what the suspect said on the train. Witness testimonies will be taken as part of this investigation. The female suspect may face charges related to making death threats, condoning terrorism, and directing intimidating behavior at police.
Another investigation has been launched to examine the circumstances surrounding the officer’s use of firearms. This is a routine practice in France after any discharge of a officer’s firearm. The shot was fired after the woman failed to obey orders issued by the police.
This incident comes at a time when France is on a heightened anti-terror alert. Since October 13, when a French-language teacher was stabbed to death and others were injured at a school in Arras, the country has been on alert. The suspected attacker in the school incident was under police surveillance and is believed to have undergone Islamic radicalization.
It is crucial for authorities to be vigilant and take immediate action in response to any potential threat to public safety. The police officers involved made a difficult decision to protect the lives of innocent people and prevent a potential disaster. Investigations into the incident will provide further information on the motives and intentions of the suspect.