Clarissa Jean- Phillipe, 27 has been identified as the second police officer to be gunned down in less than 24 hours in the streets of Paris after the rookie cop came to be shot after attending a routine traffic accident.
Along with a second victim, a street cleaner shot in the face after he confronted the gunman (and now said to be in a serious condition), the latest slaying has sent shock waves in the French community as residents grapple coming to terms with a sudden wave of unrelenting violence.
The shooting at Paris’ Mountrouge district at 8am this morning would involve the 27 year old municipal police woman’s assailant escaping in a Renault Clio.
Witnesses would tell that her killer wore a bullet-proof vest and was carrying a handgun and assault rifle.
Responding to suggestions that the latest shooting may be linked to yesterday’s Charlie Hebdo slaying, authorities have yet to confirm or deny such assertions.
Since the rookie’s death, a native of the Caribbean island of Martinique and who had dreamed of serving her nation, authorities have told two men had been arrested in connection with Clarissa Jean-Philippe’s killing.
Arrests would come after a search lasting over eight hours, with one of the individuals arrested being described as a 52-year-old, and the other’s age unknown.