Paris Police Arrest Suspect in Recent Shootings on DNA Evidence

Paris has Launched Major Manhunt for Lone GunmanPolice in Paris have arrested a potential suspect in the recent shootings in the city, where a photographer’s assistant was shot and badly injured. DNA evidence, collected during investigations of the shooting, was compared to a suspect and proved to be a match, leading to the arrest on Wednesday evening.

Named as 48 year old Abdelhakim Dekhar, the suspect was found in a partially-conscious condition in a car at around 7 p.m. local time in an underground car park in the Paris suburb of Bois-Colombes.

According to a news conference given by Interior Minister Manuel Valls, the man looked to have tried, unsuccessfully, to commit suicide, with Valls saying:

“Everything seems to show that indeed, he tried to commit suicide. However, he did not kill himself, which is very important so that we can find out all the facts.”

Valls added that the motive for the shootings remains unknown.

A manhunt was launched for the gunman after he first entered the offices of the Libération newspaper, threatening staff members and journalists with a pump-action shotgun and shooting a young photographer’s assistant who was there for the first day of a photoshoot.

Reportedly the unnamed photographer is now conscious and while still in a serious condition, is out of danger.

Shortly afterwards, a similar incident occurred at the Paris offices of Societe Generale bank, where a man fired shots, but no one was injured.

The shooter then hijacked a vehicle, forcing the driver to take him to the center of Paris, where he disappeared into the crowds on the Champs-Elysees boulevard.

Paris police found spent cartridges in the vehicle, probably used in the recent shootings and using this evidence, were able to find traces of DNA on the cartridges, positively identifying Dekhar and this led them to be able to arrest the suspect.

A man with a past

It appears that Dekhar has a history with the French police, as he was apparently jailed on October 4, 1994 when he participated in yet another Paris shootout where three policemen and a taxi driver were killed.

He assisted a young couple, Florence Rey, 19 and her lover, Audry Maupin, 22, by supplying a gun for use in what was dubbed a “Bonnie and Clyde” style shootout. Witnesses described him as being a mentor for the couple and said that he manipulated them into committing the crime.

At that stage, he claimed he was an agent with the Algerian security forces and  proclaimed his innocence, denying any involvement with the couple.

One of Dekhar’s lawyers at the time, Raphael Constant, described him as a “not very socially-adjusted young man” and that Dekhar was convinced his uncle, the  so-called head of Algerian secret services, had trained him.

Dekhar was sentenced to four years in jail for the incident for both supplying the couple with the weapon and also for inciting them to violence through his radical far-left politics.

The Interior Minister said that Dekhar probably moved overseas after he was released from jail in 1998 and that Dekhar’s former lawyer had said she thought he was living in the United Kingdom.

Due to the suspect’s medicated state, police were not able to question Dekhar immediately on arresting him and he was taken to hospital and is under guard.

According to Valls, Dekhar had left a letter, possibly a suicide note, in the car.

While he gave no further details, the French BFM TV channel did report that the letter made mention of Syria and Libya. Further reports say that the letter criticized capitalism and media manipulation.

On top of the suicide letter, Paris police say the DNA evidence further confirmed Dekhar’s involvement in the recent shootings and let to the arest of the suspect.

By: Anne Sewell




France 24

We will read your comment immediately so leave a remark!

RSS Guardian Express

  • Poland to Get U.S. Miltary Troops April 20, 2014
    Poland will be getting some United States military troops, in efforts to expand North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) presence in Eastern Europe. This presence includes the land, air, and sea. The move is in response to recent events in Ukraine, and pro-Russian militants refusal to leave government facilities, despite an agreement made in Geneva. At […]
    Twanna Harps
  • Boston Strong Against the Odds [Video] April 20, 2014
    Monday is Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts, commemorating the battles of Concord and Lexington. In Boston the day is marked by its quintessential Marathon. Last year what had historically been a day of international cohesion, became a day of fear and battling the odds of survival. The intended effort to shake the Boston community made its […]
    Fern Remedi-Brown
  • Al Qaeda Activity in Yemen Draws U.S. Drone Strikes April 20, 2014
    A U.S. drone strike has killed several alleged al Qaeda militants in Yemen on Saturday, and some reports indicate that three civilians were killed as well. Differing casualty figures have been released, but it now appears that 10 militants were killed. This is the eighth U.S. drone strike in Yemen this year, indicating a strong […]
    Michael Schultheiss
  • UFC on FOX 11 Results April 20, 2014
    UFC on FOX 11 went down tonight from Orlando Florida at the Amway Center featuring four fights on the main card and 13 fights overall. The night was full of knockouts, submissions and decisions that will shakeup the rankings, and at least one fighter will be moving on to a title shot. No. 2 Fabricio […]
    Matthew Stinson
  • Kansas City Extends Win Streak to Five: Royals Proclamation April 20, 2014
    For the first two weeks, the Kansas City Royals were struggling to score runs, and were looking rather mediocre at best. Now their offense is kicking into gear, and the team is starting to get hot. That hot streak has led the Kansas City Royals to extend their winning streak to five games. The Royals […]
    Robert Pannier

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 627 other subscribers