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Police nab suspect after French troops rammed with car

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Updated August 09, 2017 09:27 AM EDT

French authorities arrested a man who is suspected of plowing into a group of soldiers on Wednesday morning in a Paris suburb, according to the BBC.

Officials say the arrest turned violent when the police pulled over a man on a highway north of Paris. The suspect reportedly drove his vehicle into a police car before being arrested, and that is when police fired their weapons upon him.
A policeman was injured by stray gunfire during the arrest and the suspect is now in critical condition after being hit with five bullets, CNN reported.

French officials have launched an investigation into Wednesday's incident but they have not revealed the suspect's identity.

French authorities are now searching for a driver who plowed his BMW into a group of soldiers in a Paris suburb Wednesday morning, injuring six and two seriously. The soldiers were leaving the barracks at the Place de Verdun in Levallois-Perret at 8:15 a.m. local time when the driver drove into them.

The group of soldiers who were injured are part of France's Operation Sentinel, a team that was designed after the Charlie Hebdo terror attack in January 2015, to combat terror-related attacks, CNN reported.

Levallois Mayor Patrick Balkany called the incident an “odious attack” to reporters and said it was “without a doubt deliberate.”

“A BMW pre-positioned itself in the alley (where the barracks is located) and barreled into them,” he said on BFM television. He said the car “accelerated very quickly when they left” the building.

Authorities are still searching for the driver and are checking video surveillance of the area.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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