Agents killed, inmate on the run… what we know about the attack on a prison van in Eure

Agents killed, inmate on the run… what we know about the attack on a prison van in Eure
Agents killed, inmate on the run… what we know about the attack on a prison van in Eure

Two prison officers were killed and three others injured this Tuesday, May 14, late in the morning, during the attack on a van at the Incarville tollbooth (Eure) by four armed men, Le Parisien learned from reliable sources. A detainee, known to the justice services, fled.

The “Epervier” plan was launched to try to find the fugitive and the commando. An investigation was opened by the Paris prosecutor’s office and entrusted to Junalco, the national jurisdiction responsible for the fight against organized crime.

What happened ?

This Tuesday, May 14, a little after 11 a.m., a prison administration van which was transporting an inmate, between Rouen and Évreux, was attacked by a commando composed of four armed men, divided into two vehicles.

The attack occurred on the A154 motorway at the Incarville tollbooth, located in the town of Val-de-Reuil (Eure).

At least two prison officers were killed in the attack, an officer and a guard, born in 1972 and 1989 respectively. “One of them leaves a wife and two children (…), the other leaves a woman who is five months pregnant,” said Minister of Justice Éric Dupond-Moretti.

Three other agents were injured, two of them are in critical condition, “their vital prognosis is in jeopardy”, specified the Minister of Justice. The last agent, injured in the ear, was released from the hospital.

The detainee fled with the commando, leaving in two vehicles which they quickly abandoned and burned before boarding a third vehicle not identified at this stage.

What do we know about the prisoner who escaped?

Nicknamed “The Fly”, the inmate who escaped was identified as Mohamed A.

This 30-year-old man has already been convicted of “burglary theft”. He is indicted for “attempted homicide” by an organized gang in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray. “La Mouche” was incarcerated at the Baumettes prison and the Santé prison before arriving in Évreux, Le Parisien learned.

According to a police Source, he is described as being at the head of a narcotics network. On the other hand, the man was not listed as a “particularly marked detainee” (DPS), said this Source.

Two days ago, the inmate who escaped tried to saw the bars of his cell, according to a prison Source in Le Parisien. He had been placed in solitary confinement and his surveillance level had been raised to “Escort 3”.

At the time of the attack, the detainee was going to the Rouen court, according to our information.

Where is the investigation?

A blatant investigation was first opened by the Lille public prosecutor’s office, entrusted to the Central Office for the Fight against Organized Crime (OCLO), the judicial police (PJ) of Rouen and the research section (SR) from Rouen.

The Lille public prosecutor’s office quickly relinquished responsibility in favor of the Paris public prosecutor’s office, which entrusted the investigation to Junalco, the national jurisdiction responsible for the fight against organized crime.

The “Epervier” plan was launched to try to find the escaped inmate and his accomplices. This device is activated during a kidnapping, an escape or during the search and apprehension of a wanted person. In particular, it makes it possible to deploy more resources to find a fugitive.

More than 200 gendarmes, mainly from Eure, but also from neighboring departments, are mobilized. Most come from departmental gendarmerie and road safety units. A helicopter and specialized units, including the GIGN, were also deployed as reinforcements.

A crisis unit was also opened at the Ministry of Justice late in the morning. The Minister of Justice, Éric Dupond-Moretti, went there immediately.

What is the situation on site?

In addition to the massive police force, certain roads were closed to traffic. This is particularly the case of the national road (RN) 154, closed in the Évreux-Louviers direction at interchange 4 “Louviers center” for an “indefinite period”, Bison Futé reported.

“Great caution is recommended” if you find yourself in this area, specifies Bison Futé.

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