France mourns officer mortally wounded in Trebes supermarket attack

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A picture taken in 2013 in Avranches and obtained from La Gazette de la Manche local newspaper on March 24, 2018 shows French Lieutenant Colonel Arnaud Beltrame who was killed after swapping himself for a hostage in a rampage and siege in the town of Trebes, southwestern France, on March 23. Beltrame, 45, was among a group of officers who rushed to the scene in Trebes, near Carcassone, on March 23 after a gunman who claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group, stormed a supermarket and fired at shoppers. Beltrame offered to take the place of a woman the gunman had taken hostage and was shot. He died on March 24 of his wounds, becoming the gunman’s fourth victim. (AFP PHOTO / LA GAZETTE DE LA MANCHE )

Flags are flying at half-staff in France. It’s for a police officer, who took the place of a hostage, during an attack on a supermarket.

He was mortally wounded. The gunman was killed by police, but two people who knew him have been taken into custody. CGTN’s Elena Casas has more from Paris.