Three officers shot dead and another wounded as they ‘tried to rescue woman’

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Three police officers have been killed and another injured in an incident shortly after midnight on Wednesday.

The soldiers, believed to be a part of Ambert's company in France, were shot dead Gendarmerier National Police Force has confirmed.

The officers were killed in Puy-de-Dôme central France, near Saint-Just, by an unidentified man, 48, according to reports.

The gendarmes were responding to a domestic violence call when they were shot dead, claims AFP.

Shortly after midnight, two police officers were alerted over the incident and were hit by gun shots after trying to approach a house where a woman had taken refuge, reports RMC.

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One of the officers died from his injuries while the second, claimed to be struck in the thigh, was transported by fire crews to the Ambert hospital centre.

The suspect allegedly shot at the police near the house, shooting another two victims, states the Clermont-Ferrand prosecutor's office.

It's also reported that firefighters are on site as the suspect has set fire to the property, and they are working to control the blaze.

Reuters news agency state the woman fled to safety on the roof of the house, before the officers were shot at.

The operation is still underway.

"At least 7 members of the GIGN are on site. The greatest precautions are taken with regard to the dangerousness of the individual," a source close to the investigation told AFP.

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