Female officer killed in shootout south of Paris

No link has yet been established with Wednesday’s deadly attack on a satirical magazine

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A gunman using an automatic rifle shot dead a female officer and city employee south of Paris early on Thursday, amid a national manhunt for two brothers suspected behind the deadly shooting at Charlie Hebdo newspaper a day earlier.

The gunman in the latest attack is still on the run as well, said Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve -- who rushed to the scene at Montrouge just south of Paris.

No link has yet been established between two deadly attacks, according to French media reports.

Cazeneuve cautioned against jumping to conclusions a day after the deadly assault on a satirical newspaper that killed 12 people.

In the Thursday shooting, Cazeneuve said, the officer had stopped to investigate a traffic accident when the firing started. Paris police said the second victim was a street sweeper. The officer later died of her injuries, said Emmanuel Cravello of the Alliance police union.

“There was an officer in front of a white car and a man running away who shot,” said Ahmed Sassi, who saw the shooting from his home nearby.

Sassi said the shooter wore dark clothes but no mask. "It didn't look like a big gun because he held it with one hand," Sassi said.

Cazeneuve left an emergency government meeting to travel to the scene of the latest shooting. France is on its highest level of alert after the deadly attacks at Charlie Hebdo's central Paris offices.

[With AP]