A constable of 55-year-old was fatally injured Saturday evening in Ariège by a motorist without a licence and known to the justice who struck during a road check: the thesis of “the intentional act” is privileged Sunday by the investigators. This is the eighth death of a constable in the exercise of its functions in 2016. The incident occurred after 23 hours, when a patrol of two gendarmes returned in response between the villages of Ussat and Tarascon-sur-Ariège.
On board, the major Christian Rusig, commanding the brigade of Tarascon-sur-Ariège, and a gendarme 48-year-old spotted a vehicle making a u-turn. Immediately, the two members of the military have requested reinforcements, and began a chase with the suspect who fled, before abruptly turning around and rolling down to the vehicle of the policemen. The car of force is placed across to try to intercept the suspect vehicle, and the major passenger came out of the cabin to proceed with the inspection, explained the prosecutor of the Republic of permanence, Lisa Bergereau. “The vehicle was deliberately dark on the constables, hitting violently the major who fell to earth”, has declared to the Agency France-Press, general Bernard Clouzot, commander of the area police.
The major Rusig was helicoptered to the hospital Purpan in Toulouse, where he died at 5 a.m., he added. Married and the father of two children 23 and 25 years old, he had been in command since 2011 the brigade of Tarascon-sur-Ariège, where he was “esteemed and well-known locally since its arrival in 2006, according to the general Clouzot.
hit and known for rape and burglary
The hit and was immediately accosted by the colleague of the victim. It “was playing with his weapon, without making use in spite of the context,” pointed out Lisa Bergereau. The suspect is very unfavourably known to the justice system for rape on a minor, arson, burglary, rebellions… This man, 31-year-old, who has no driving licence, was placed in police custody at the brigade of Pamiers, where he is heard with his girlfriend, a passenger vehicle, said the magistrate. “This is the beginning of the investigation. We investigate all the possibilities. But the main hypothesis is not that of the accident,” admitted Lisa Bergereau, stating that, in the morning, “the reasons for his actions remain unknown”.
the minister of The Interior Bernard Cazeneuve announced in a press release “from its very deep emotion and of its very great sadness”. “This heinous act reminds us that each day, the gendarmes, as the police, expose their life to protect others”, he added, asking the justice to answer “with the necessary firmness”. “Police officers and constables deserve (…) the respect and gratitude of all our countrymen,” said the minister.
5th death of a policeman in Occitania
The director general of the national gendarmerie, general Richard Lizurey, was supposed to go to Toulouse and Tarascon-sur-Ariège in the afternoon. He had to gather in front of the remains of the deceased and then go out to meet his comrades and his family in Tarascon-sur-Ariège, where a cell psychological has been put in place.
The investigation was entrusted to the Research Section of Toulouse. The prosecutor of the Republic in title to Foix, ballet (karline Bouisset had to hold a press conference on Sunday at 14: 30. On the eight policemen who died in 2016 or in the exercise of their functions, five were from the region of Occitania, which pays “a heavy toll”, said the general Clouzot speaking of “very deep emotion for the cops”. This is the second constable this year to be a victim of apparently deliberate. On may 21, in Gassin (Var), a policeman of the GIGN Orange (Vaucluse) had been killed during an operation against a maniac than 80 years.