Man took hostages in the Domont Commune near Paris, at least 2 people wounded
- 18 December 2020
The GIGN (National Gendarmerie Intervention Group) arrived on site where a man took his wife hostage and shot at least two people in Domont department of Val-d'Oise, about twenty kilometers north of Paris, French media reported Thursday, APA reports citing Sputnik.
According to the reports, the incident occurred at around 8 p.m., local time, as the armed suspect "has been barricaded" for several hours with his wife. The two are reportedly in the process of divorcing.
Actu17 reported that one of the injuries was serious and both victims, who are said to be employees of the company, were taken to hospital. One was wounded in the leg, and another was injured in the face, Le Parisien said.
According to Actu17, the suspect "is already known to the police" for domestic violence. The man is the manager of the company, BFMTV reported, citing sources familiar with the matter and outlining that several people were in the building before the incident took place.
According to Le Parisien, the Pontoise public prosecutor's office has opened an investigation into the matter for "kidnapping and violence with a weapon".
Video allegedly taken on scene has been shared on social media, showing a heavy police presence.