Charlie Hebdo investigator took own life hours after attack: report

Helric Fredou reportedly shot himself on Wednesday in his police office in the west-central city of Limoges with his service weapon. (File photo: AFP)

A French police officer who was in charge of investigating last week’s attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead took his own life after the massacre, French television channel France 3 reported.

Helric Fredou reportedly shot himself on Wednesday in his police office in the west-central city of Limoges with his service weapon.

The 45-year-old commissioner was found dead by one of his colleagues shortly after he had met with the family of a victim of the Charlie Hebdo attack.

He reportedly killed himself while preparing the report.

According to France 3, the senior police officer suffered from “depression” and “burn out.”

In 2013, Fredou discovered the body of one of his colleagues who had also committed suicide.

Last week, France was in shock following the killing of 12 people in an attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, avowedly in retaliation for the magazine’s defiant stance in publishing cartoons they deemed offensive to Islam.
 

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