Three police officers shot dead in France and fourth injured

Three police officers have been shot dead and a fourth wounded in central France.

A lone gunman allegedly killed one officer and wounded another after they were called to reports of domestic violence at a house near Puy-de-Dome.

The attacker is said to have set fire to the house before opening fire on two other officers who both died.

The suspect fled the scene and is now on the run, according to local media.

Officials said the woman – who is said to have taken refuge on the roof of the house – was safely rescued.

The French Interior Ministry has confirmed the deaths of the three police officers – one of whom was aged 21.

The mayor of Saint-Just Francois Chautard said the house had been destroyed by the fire.

Firefighters are at the scene bringing the blaze under control, BFM TV reports.

At least seven elite tactical police officers remain on site.

France’s Prime Minister Jean Castex has named the incident ‘a tragedy’ that has ‘touched the whole country’.

He added: ‘I share the pain of their loved ones and their brothers in arms and assure them of my unwavering support.’

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