French police have confirmed an incident on the Champs-Élysées, Paris Monday afternoon after a car rammed a police vehicle and reportedly exploded.
The suspect, who was armed with a firearm, is reported to have likely died in the incident and it was reported that police “downed” the individual. There were no other injuries or fatalities to police or the public, a statement released through the Parisian Police official Twitter account stated.
French bomb disposal units are on the scene and are examining the vehicle involved in the collision, and counter-terror police are leading the investigation.
France’s Le Figaroreports the suspect was carrying a Glock-type handgun and that the act was likely deliberate.
Paris police have instructed members of the public to avoid the area.
A central Paris boulevard connecting to the Arc de Triomphe landmark, the Champs-Élysées is the site of an April terror attack in which a police officer was shot dead at point-blank range by an Islamist killer.
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— Préfecture de police (@prefpolice) June 19, 2017