Paris Police Shoot, Wound Hammer-Wielding Assailant Outside Notre Dame

A hammer-wielding man attacked an armed police officer patrolling outside near the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, June 6, 2017. Visitors who were inside Notre-Dame during the incident are gradually being released, police said.

French officials say that the attack is being treated as a "terrorist incident"; the country has been in a state of emergency since a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015.

Collomb said that police found kitchen knives and a hammer on the suspect.

Police in Paris are now responding to an incident at Note Dame cathedral.

Paris is also reeling from an April attack at the Champs-Elysees that left a police officer dead. Michel said the attacker was "neutralized" by police.

A woman in the area at the time said she heard two shots. He said the unidentified attacker taken to a hospital.

Investigators are calling the attack an act of terror. "We were trying to figure out what was going on", he said.

A police spokesperson told The Associated Press that an officer used his weapon to shoot the assailant.

Police spokeswoman Johanna Primevert told The Associated Press just before 5:30 p.m. that the operation was over. The spokesperson was not authorized to be publicly named.

A policeman on Tuesday shot and wounded a man who tried to attack officers with a hammer near Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral, according to reports.

Soderberg said authorities made a couple of announcements that the cathedral would be locked down, then people inside were asked to take seats and put their arms in the air while searches would be conducted to determine that no accomplices remained in the area.

The police department tweeted about the operation on Tuesday afternoon but did not provide any details.

Paris is under high security after a string of Islamic extremist attacks in recent years.

  • Leroy Wright