Four police employees were killed in a knife attack at Paris police headquarters on Thursday, according to city prosecutor Remy Heitz.
The three policemen and a female police administrative worker were killed by a fellow member of staff, who was later shot dead.
French prosecutors are now probing the fatal knife attack that killed three officers and an administrator outside Paris police headquarters this week as a potential act of terrorism.
The bloodbath unfolded Thursday around 1 p.m. inside the station in Île de la Cité, across the street from Notre Dame Cathedral — putting one of the busiest tourist areas in the City of Lights on lockdown.
Disgruntled administrative employee Mickaël Harpon, 45, who was deaf, attacked three members of the police force’s intelligence division Thursday inside two ground floor offices, and then went into a stairwell where he assaulted two women, according to reports.
One victim is undergoing surgery, said French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner. He did not elaborate on the victim’s condition or injuries.
The wife of the attacker has been taken into custody, a source in the Paris prosecutor’s office told CNN. It is not yet clear if she was at the scene of the attack or why she was taken into custody.
The island where the incident happenedis on lockdown, with roads cordoned off by police and firemen, and ambulances on the scene.
The nearby Cité metro station was closed for security measures but has since been reopened.
Loïc Travers, Secretary of the National Police Alliance for the Ile-de-France region, told BFM TV that the attacker “has been with us for over 20 years.”
President Emanuel Macron is at the scene, accompanied by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and Interior Minister Christophe Castaner.
The Elysée Palace said in a statement: “The President of the Republic went to the police station to show his support and solidarity to all the staff.”
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said “several police officers have lost their lives” and that her thoughts are with the families of the victims.
The attack came a day after thousands of police officers marched in Paris to protest low wages, long hours and a rise in cop suicides.
Emery Siamandi, who works at the station, said he heard gunshots and then saw a pair of officers come outside crying. A third officer — who Siamandi said shot and killed the assailant — came out on his knees, also in tears.