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Man shot dead in Paris after threatening police with knife

Police officials said the officers were not injured in the attack at La Defense.

Police officers, left, and rescue workers stand in a tunnel under La Defense business district after a man threatened officers Friday, Dec.13, 2019 in Paris. A man who allegedly lunged at a Paris police patrol with a knife and threatened to kill the officers was shot to death Friday in the French capital’s main business district, two police officials told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Police officers, left, and rescue workers stand in a tunnel under La Defense business district after a man threatened officers Friday, Dec.13, 2019 in Paris. A man who allegedly lunged at a Paris police patrol with a knife and threatened to kill the officers was shot to death Friday in the French capital’s main business district, two police officials told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

By Lori Hannant, Associated Press

A man who lunged at a Paris police patrol with a knife and threatened to kill the officers has been shot dead in the French capital’s main business district, police officials said.

The officials said the officers were not injured in the attack at La Defense. They said the officers used their service weapons against the assailant, who died a short time later.

The attack came two months after a civilian police employee went on a stabbing rampage inside Paris police headquarters, killing four colleagues before he was shot dead by a rookie officer.

La Defense, a district of office skyscrapers on the outskirts of the capital, is a major transport hub and shopping area and heavily guarded by foot patrols.

A French soldier was stabbed there in 2013 while on patrol. The soldier survived the attack.

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