One police officer was killed and two others were injured Thursday in a shooting in central Paris. The gunman appears to have died in an encounter with police, local media reported.
French police tweeted that the suspect fired on police while stopped at a red light near the Champs Elysées, a major tourist destination.
The French Interior Ministry tweeted that two other officers were “seriously injured.”
Police, along with the U.S. Embassy in Paris, are asking people to avoid the area.
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The shooting comes days before the first round of voting in the French presidential election.
France has been under a state of emergency since late 2015, when a series of coordinated attacks across the city killed 130. In February, an assailant, shouting “Allahu akbar!”, attacked soldiers guarding the Louvre. He was shot and killed by authorities.
PBS NewsHour will update this story as it develops.