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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

French Police Captures Heavily Armed Former Soldier After Massive Manhunt

Police in southwestern France captured a heavily armed former soldier who fled to the woods after firing at officers following a domestic violence dispute, sparking a 24-hour manhunt.

Dordogne Prefect Frederic Perissat said at a press conference in the village of Le Lardin-Saint-Lazare that the police arrested the suspect identified as Terry Dupin, who had been wounded after exchanging fire with police.

Dupin sustained serious injuries, but no officers has been injured, according to Andre Petillot, commander of the gendarme police in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.

“The outcome is what I hoped for, I believe that the whole population is relieved and I hope that we will never have to relive such an event,” Le Lardin-Saint-Lazare Mayor Francine Bourra told BFM TV.

“Normal life will really resume tomorrow morning,” Bourra further said.

Police described Dupin as a “dangerous individual sought by police for attempted homicide” after he opened fire at officers who responded to a domestic violence incident.

No officers were injured, but several vehicles were damaged.

Dupin showed up at his former partner’s house despite restraining orders for four previous domestic violence convictions. He allegedly struck the woman and fired at her current boyfriend, but did not hit him. He then fled to a forested area.

Police deployed 300 officers, helicopters, armored vehicles, and dog teams to hunt for Dupin, who was armed with a knife and a long-hunting rifle and had an electronic tag on him for his history of domestic violence.

According to a police source, Dupin probably obtained the rifle illegally since he was not allowed to own weapons.

Dupin served in the army from 2011 to 2016.

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