The Paris police officer slain in Thursday’s attack on a popular street has been identified as a gay rights advocate who responded to the city’s deadly November 2015 terror attack.
Xavier Jugelé, 37, was killed when a gunman unleashed a hail of bullets at police officers at the Champs-Élysées Thursday night.
Flag!, an association of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender French police officers, confirmed to The Associated Press that Jugelé the killed officer. He was a member of the organization and took part of protests against anti-gay propaganda at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.
“He was a simple man who loved his job, and he was really committed to the L.G.B.T. cause,” Mickael Bucheron, Flag! president, told The New York Times. “He joined the association a few years ago, and he protested with us when there was the homosexual propaganda ban at the Sochi Olympic Games.”
Jugelé, who would’ve turned 38 next month, joined the police force in 2010, according to reports.
He was one of the officers who responded to the Bataclan concert hall attack on Nov. 13, 2015, when three terrorists fired assault weapons into the crowd, killing 89 people.
Jugelé was at a Sting concert exactly one year later to reopen the music venue.
“This concert’s to celebrate life,” he told People Magazine last year. “To say ‘No’ to terrorists.”
He also traveled to Greece to help police deal with migrants coming across the Aegean Sea to seek refuge in Europe, the Times reported.
Few details have been released on Jugelé’s attacker, whom cops shot as he fled the scene Thursday night.
Three of his relatives have been brought in for questioning, and police are trying to determine if a second suspect was involved.
French President Francois Hollande visited Friday another officer who was injured in the shooting. A German tourist was also injured in the attack.
With News Wire Services