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Paris shooting: Deadly attack on police near Champs Elysees

by: Cox Media Group National Content Desk Updated:

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PARIS - A police officer was shot dead and a gunman killed near Paris’ famed Champs Elysees on Thursday night, according to multiple reports.

Champs Elysees in Paris, France
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The attacker, who was not identified, was killed by officers returning fire after he aimed at police before 9:30 p.m. local time and fired multiple shots, according to the French interior ministry.

Two other people were seriously injured.

It was not immediately clear what motivated the attack. Authorities have launched a counter-terrorism investigation.