Translated by Michael Laudahn:
The conference of the Toulon prosecutor has permitted to learn more about the circumstances of the double-murder of the two female gendarmes, committed sunday evening in the Var.
The first capital information is the acknowledgement by the alleged killer of the two gendarmes of the facts he is blamed with. He has admitted to be the author of the shots, and to have taken the two service arms of his victims. Also, it is established that the suspect was drunken in the moment of the act. According to the prosecutor, he planned the second murder.
At the occasion of his arrest, the man did not use the weapons which he took from his victims. Known by the police service, he had been sentenced for drugs, theft and violence/rape [french ‘violence’ can mean both parts] laws. At the age of 30, he left prison in september, after 6 months of detention. Last week, he had been condemned to a punishment on probation for violence comitted against his mother.
The individual arrested sunday night is suspected to have killed Alicia Champlon, a 29-year old adjudante, and Audrey Berthaut, maréchal des logis-chef aged 35, mother of two daughters, 5 and 13 years. The two women, stationed at Pierrefeu (Var), had intervened in order to sort out an argument following the theft of a handbag.
According to the first elements of the investigation, the suspect at first shot two rounds at Audrey Berthaut, a fact considered ‘murder’, before following her colleague and shooting six rounds in her direction, emphasised the prosecutor. In this second case, ‘a planned volition to kill, thus assassination’, can be maintained agaianst the suspect.