French policemen Arno Mavel, 21; Remi Dupuis, 37; & Cyrille Morel, 45 were shot dead responding to a incident of a husband physically abusing his wife.
Three French police officer were shot dead by a man while responding to domestic violence call at in Saint-Just, a remote commune in central France, police said on Wednesday.
A woman who was the reported victim of the domestic violence had sought refuge on the roof of the house and was subsequently rescued by police, France’s BFMTV broadcaster reported.
The house caught fire, police said, and the suspected gunman, who was known to law enforcement over child maintenance issues, was later found dead in his car.
French President Emmanuel Macron offered condolences to the families of the dead officers.
“To protect us, our forces act putting their lives at risk. They are our heroes,” Macron wrote on Twitter.
A fourth officer was wounded in the attack and his injuries were not life-threatening, the interior ministry said.
Officials did not comment on the motive. France’s interior minister described the attacker as a “maniac.”