A 55-year-old man on a cycle watch was fatally shot by French police officers late Wednesday after he came out of a one-story house and attacked a man who had come to defend his victim with a baseball bat.
Michel Melenchon, a radical left-wing politician, was attacked on Rue Chemin des Roses, in Montrouge, a predominantly working-class neighborhood on the outskirts of Paris, as he walked home along a footpath.
The attacker, who was found dead a short time later in a neighboring empty home, “appeared to be totally crazy,” Mr. Melenchon told reporters at the scene.
The man who was killed had come out of the house and attempted to attack Mr. Melenchon with the baseball bat after he heard a bang in the street, he said. The police arrived on the scene to find that the pair were continuing to fight and had seriously injured the passerby, according to Cécile Duflot, a lawmaker for Mr. Melenchon’s party, the La France Insoumise.
The assailant, whose identity was not immediately confirmed, was later identified as Yassine Salhi, a 36-year-old chemist who had previously served time in prison for crimes including gun and drug possession, according to La France Insoumise. Police officers were initially unsure whether he was armed, according to Mr. Melenchon.