Nantes: (HRNW) French police on Friday detained a man suspected of badly wounding a policewoman in a stabbing in the west of France, with the security forces on edge after a spate of attacks on their ranks in the last months.
The suspect, still armed, had been on the run after the attack in La Chapelle-sur-Erdre near the city of Nantes, and 80 officers were dispatched to pursue him, a police source said.
The BFMTV station said that the man took the policewoman’s service weapon before fleeing. A source close to the investigation said that her injuries were life-threatening.
Three French gendarmes were wounded — in the hand and in the arm — in the operation that resulted in the arrest of the suspect, authorities said.