Hero Police Officer Gave His Life In Exchange For A Hostage During Terrorist Attack

Date March 27, 2018

On March 23rd, a supermarket in southwestern France came under attack of the Islamic State terrorist. The man was armed and took hostages, which resulted in deaths of four people with 16 more injured. One of the victims was the French police officer, who died as a result of heroic act.

Duty to protect above everything else

Arnaud Beltrame, the French police officer, offered to change places with one of the hostages during the tragic event. Once the terrorist opened fire, the tactical unit was able to intervene and took down the gunman. Unfortunately, Beltrame, along with the three other hostages, was shot, and later, he died of his wounds at the age of 44.

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Interior Minister Gerard Collomb, who provided commentary on the event, described Arnaud Beltrame's actions as 'heroic' and praised his virtues during such a devastating time for the entire nation.

Beltrame's brother agreed to an interview, in which he said that his brother had died as a hero. He knew that his chances of surviving the attack were almost zero.

Public's reactions

Arnaud Beltrame's name was trending on Twitter, after the details of the attack became public. Twitter responses to the attack included messages from the UK Prime Minister's office and the representative of IPS Association.

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