Paris Notre Dame incident: Man 'shot after attacking police officer with hammer'

The incident recalled two other attacks on soldiers providing security at prominent locations around Paris, one at the Louvre museum in February and one at Orly airport in March. "It looked as though they had surrounded someone at the stairs down to the Seine (River)", said the woman, who gave her name as Abigail M.

Dozens of armed police sealed off the area and put the Gothic cathedral into lockdown with almost 1000 people inside. It is the setting for Victor Hugo's novel, "Notre-Dame de Paris".

Two police sources said the officers shot the assailant in the thorax after he had threatened them with a hammer and refused to stop. Journalist David Metreau, who said his office overl.

In France, days before the first round of the presidential election in April, a policeman was shot dead and two others wounded.

The attacker pulled the hammer from his backpack and attacked a police officer on duty outside the cathedral, police union spokesman Yves Lefebvre from the told BFM TV.

Paris police tweeted that one officer was wounded in the attack.

Hundreds of people on the esplanade in front of Notre Dame were evacuated while the operation was underway. No group immediately claimed responsibility, and Collomb said he appeared to have acted alone. The police department tweeted about the operation on Tuesday afternoon but did not provide any additional details.

Speaking after the attack, Collomb said police found kitchen knives, a hammer and other unsophisticated weapons on the wounded assailant.

Paris is on high alert after a series of Islamic extremist attacks in recent years.

  • Zachary Reyes