A 23-year-old gunman who said al Qaeda inspired him to kill seven people in France died this morning as he scrambled out of a ground-floor window during a gun fight with police.
After the shooter’s death, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said everything had been done to bring him to justice alive.
The French police siege to capture a suspected al Qaeda-trained militant came to a bloody end Thursday morning when commandos shot Mohammed Merah in the head as he fired wildly back at them, authorities said.
Merah emerged from a bathroom in his apartment and fired more than 30 shots at police as they burst in to end a standoff that had lasted more than 31 hours, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said.
He jumped out a window, still shooting, and was found dead on the ground, Interior Minister Claude Gueant said.
Two police officers were injured in the raid, Gueant said.
Merah had only two bullets left in his gun when he was killed, Molins said.