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2 officers dead on Champs-Élysées in Paris after shooting; suspect killed

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PARIS (AP) -- Police officers were attacked on the Champs-Élysées in Paris this evening, leaving two officers dead and at least one other injured, according to a French police union.

The assailant was killed but has not been publicly identified, a police spokesperson said.

French Interior Minister spokesman Pierre-Henri Brandet told local channel BFM TV that a man came out of his car and started shooting at a police car. The attacker tried to run away from the scene and continued to shoot at the police officers while running, he said.

Brandet said that policemen were targeted in the attack. He would not confirm whether the incident was an act of terrorism, saying that the investigation would determine that. Terror investigators are looking into this case, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor who deals with terrorism cases.

A French police union tweeted that an "individual in a car opened fire at a police car stopped at a red light, killing one policeman."

Paris police posted a tweet telling people to avoid the area around the Avenue des Champs-Élysées without revealing any further details.

A subsequent tweet stated that there was "police intervention underway" in the area but gave no further details.

The U.S. State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs warned its Twitter followers to avoid the area "after a shooting."

The Champs-Élysées is a long thoroughfare that has theaters, shops and restaurants and ends with the Arc de Triomphe monument, a major tourist destination.