Strasbourg shooter killed by police after two-day manhunt

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French police have killed the man responsible for the Strasbourg Christmas market attack that left three people dead and a dozen wounded.

The Guardian reports that on the morning of the attack, police tried to detain Cherif Chekatt's in connection with an armed robbery and attempted murder inquiry, but he wasn't home. Prosecutors say a grenade, a rifle, and several knives were found during a search of his apartment.

Hours later, Chekatt walked through the Strasbourg Christmas market armed with a gun. He open fired several times, and also used a knife during the attack. Witnesses say he shouted 'Allahu Akbar' as he did so.

Four anti-terrorism Operation Sentinelle soldiers patrolling the area exchanged fire with the 29-year-old suspect and wounded him in the arm.

He managed to get into a taxi, which took him to the Neudorf district near the Franco-German border, where his apartment was located.

Chekatt came across police after getting out of the taxi, resulting in another exchange of gunfire. According to the New York Times, authorities eventually lost track of him.

French authorities immediately blocked main roads out of the city, and mobilized more than 700 security forces to hunt for the gunman.

According to the Paris prosecutor's office, three police officers recognized Chekatt on a Neudorf street around 9 p.m. Thursday. He turned and shot at the officers when they tried to approach.

Police returned fire, killing him.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Police search of gunman's home
2. Gunman shoots, stabs victims in Strasbourg Christmas market
3. Gunman exchanges fire with four Operation Sentinelle soldiers
4. Gunman flees in a taxi to Neudorf district
5. Gunman exchanges fire with police, eventually escapes
6. Police manhunt for gunman
7. Police recognize gunman on street, gunman shoots at police
8. Police return fire, kill gunman

VOICEOVER (in English):
"On the morning of the attack, police tried to detain Cherif Chekatt's in connection with an armed robbery and attempted murder inquiry, but he wasn't home. Prosecutors say a grenade, a rifle, and several knives were found during a search of his apartment."

"Hours later, Chekatt walked through the Strasbourg Christmas market armed with a gun. He open fired several times, and also used a knife during the attack. Witnesses say he shouted 'Allahu Akbar' as he did so."

"Four anti-terrorism Operation Sentinelle soldiers patrolling the area exchanged fire with the 29-year-old suspect and wounded him in the arm."

"He managed to get into a taxi, which took him to the Neudorf district near the Franco-German border, where his apartment was located."

"Chekatt came across police after getting out of the taxi, resulting in another exchange of gunfire. According to the New York Times, authorities eventually lost track of him."

"French authorities immediately blocked main roads out of the city, and mobilized more than 700 security forces to hunt for the gunman."

"According to the Paris prosecutor's office, three police officers recognized Chekatt on a Neudorf street around 9 p.m. Thursday. He turned and shot at the officers when they tried to approach."

"Police returned fire, killing him. The weapon the suspect was using was later discovered to be an 8mm ordnance revolver."

SOURCES:
The Guardian, CNN
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/13/strasbourg-attack-suspect-killed-by-police-reports-say
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/12/13/europe/france-strasbourg-shooting-manhunt/index.html