PARIS (AP) - France is dealing with another act of terror after a shooting in the famed Champs-Elysees shopping district. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Paris police said a gunman killed a police officer and wounded two others before being killed himself Thursday night.
Paris police spokeswoman Johanna Primevert told The Associated Press that the attacker targeted police guarding the area near the Franklin Roosevelt subway station Thursday night at the center of the avenue popular with tourists.
Two French officials said the gunman was detained in February for threatening police then freed. The officials spoke Friday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly discuss details of the probe into Thursday night's attack. The officials said the gunman was detained toward the end of February after speaking threateningly about the police but then released for lack of evidence. He was convicted in 2003 of attempted homicide in shootings on two police officers.
The Paris prosecutors' office is leading the investigation into the attack. They said police detained three family members of the suspected gunman for questioning. The prosecutors' office said the questioning is routine in such cases, as investigators try to determine if the gunman was acting alone.
The attack came three days before the first round of balloting in France's tense presidential election. Security is high preceding the vote after police said they arrested two men Tuesday in what they described as a thwarted terror attack.
A witness identified only as Ines told French television station BFM that she heard a shooting and saw a man's body on the ground before police quickly evacuated the area where she works in a shop.