Michael Harpon Wiki
A deaf civilian police worker who had recently converted to Islam was shot dead in Paris today after murdering four colleagues with a ceramic knife following a ‘dispute over working with female colleagues’. Michael Harpon caused the bloodbath in the French capital’s historic Police Prefecture, next door to Notre Dame Cathedral.
Paris police attack: Four Paris cops killed by man with knife before other cops shot him dead. https://t.co/4PUdeAafGX
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) October 3, 2019
A civilian employee at police headquarters in Paris stabbed and killed 4 police colleagues — including 3 officers — before he was fatally shot. https://t.co/DVNFrCocGY
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) October 3, 2019
Michael Harpon Age
Michael Harpon is 45 years old police man
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Harpon had worked in the IT department at the Paris Police Prefecture since 2003, it was revealed tonight.
At about 13:00 local time (11:00 GMT; 12:00 BST), the attacker is said to have gone into the building and straight to his office where he began attacking colleagues with a knife.
He stabbed three people inside two offices and two women on a stairway, before he was shot dead by an officer inside the building’s courtyard, according to French media.
Three men and one woman were killed, Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz told reporters.
A fifth person was critically injured in the attack, and was sent for surgery. The building is near major tourist sites including the Notre-Dame cathedral.
Anti-terrorism officers Alaram
Investigators have not ruled out a possible terrorist motivation for the Thursday afternoon attack, which left a woman and three men dead. Anti-terrorism officers later raided his flat in an apartment block at Gonesse, a suburb some 12 miles from the scene of the attack.
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All were repeatedly stabbed by Harpon, who had worked in the IT department at the Prefecture since 2003, in the worst loss of French police lives in a single day since World War II. Harpon had recently been reprimanded by his female boss over his refusal to interact with women, Actu17 reported.
An individual armed with a knife attacked police officers inside police headquarters in Paris on Thursday and was shot dead, a police source told CNN. Two police officers were seriously injured during the attack, the source said. https://t.co/pJ2hK2CryN
— CNN (@CNN) October 3, 2019
Within hours of the attack, anti-terrorist officers had raided Harpon’s flat in an apartment block at Gonesse, a suburb some 12 miles from the scene of the attack.
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Michael Harpon had been married since 2014 and converted to his wife’s religion in 2018 before they had their first child together. His wife, Iham, was arrested, as an investigating source said that the nature of Harpon’s attack corresponded with similar ones carried out by terrorists affiliated to Islamic State and Al-Qaeda.
Michael Harpon Knife attacking scenario
The policeman, who was on a break at the time, shouted three times for him to stop before opening fire twice, it has been reported.The knifeman’s fifth victim – also a woman – was reportedly rushed to hospital with serious injuries after he was gunned down. A witness to the attack, which happened just after 1pm, said: “I saw a man with a knife in his hand.
— The Courier-Mail (@couriermail) October 3, 2019
“He was running after a policeman. He was told to drop his knife, but he did not stop and the policeman fired.
“At first I thought it was a training exercise, but no. The policeman, who was on a break, shouted out three warnings, but the assailant would not stop. The police officer fired two shots and then the assailant fell.’
Harpon originally attacked three male officers in two offices on the first floor of the Prefecture, and then took his knife to two women – one died, and another was seriously injured.
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“The attacker is believed to have been an administrative officer working in a secure part of the building – making it very easy for him to walk around freely. He would have had security clearance.”
The attack happened in Paris’s historic police headquarters at around 1pm, in the very centre of the city, next to Notre Dame Cathedral.
‘An investigation has been launched into a grudge the assailant may have held against his colleagues, but terrorism cannot be ruled out,’ said the source.
‘Many of those involved in similar attacks on the police have been Muslim converts influenced by radical terrorist groups.’
An investigating source said the attacker ‘was involved in an argument with someone and then erupted in anger, targeting other police colleagues before being neutralized.’
Loic Travers, another union official, said the suspected attacker was an administrative worker in the police intelligence unit.
“I do not think this is a terrorist act,” Mr Crepin, who knew the attacker, told Franceinfo Radio.
Police union leader Jean-Marc Bailleul described it as a criminal act, telling BFMTV: “It was a moment of madness.”
The attack follows a rare nationwide police strike on Wednesday, which saw thousands of officers demonstrating in Paris over working hours, shortages in resources and controversial pension reforms.
What To Know about Michael Harpon Wiki, Bio
- Michael Harpon, 45, stabbed and killed four colleagues with a ceramic knife
- The knifeman was shot dead in the courtyard of the Paris police headquarters
- Colleagues said he had worked there for 20 years and had security clearance
- Union bosses described the attack as a ‘moment of madness’ and internal row
- Anti-terror agencies are ‘evaluating’ the situation, the Paris prosecutor said
- Emmanuel Macron has gone to the police headquarters to show his ‘solidarity’