Paris police shot and killed a gunman who opened fire on the Avenue des Champs-Élysees on Thursday killing a police officer, Xavier Jugele, 37, and wounding three others just three days before the presidential election. ISIS quickly claimed responsibility for the attack through its news agency but claimed the gunman as a different name.
Security was already a dominant theme with the upcoming election in France. The violence on the tourist magnet Avenue threatened to weigh in on voters decisions in the French elections this weekend. Candidates either cancelled or rescheduled events following the attack. President Donald Trump also said what he thinks the attack will mean for the french election.
Investigators searched a home early Friday in the suburbs of Paris. The home was believed to belong to Karim Cheurfi, 39, who had a criminal record. Police said Cheurfi attacked a police officer in 2001.
Police were targeted by the attacker but tourists were ordered inside an area hotel in Thursday's attack. Police and soldiers ended up sealing off the area and blocking people from approaching the scene. Emergency vehicles blocked the Avenue from Arc de Triomphe and the Tuileries Gardens. Metro stations were also closed off.
President Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave their condolences to the family and friends of the slain police officer and to France.