ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack on police in Paris.
The attack happened this evening, leaving one officer dead and two others injured.
In a message released through the news agency Amaq, ISIS said the attacker was “one of the fighters for the Islamic State.”
Although the attacker has not been identified, police have confirmed he has been killed.
French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henri Brandet told local channel BFM TV that a man exited his car while it was stopped at a light and started shooting at a police car. The attacker tried to run from the scene while continuing to shoot at the police officers, he said. There was an exchange of gunfire, and that is when the attacker died, Brandet said.
A French police union tweeted, in French, “An individual in a car opened fire at a police car stopped at a red light, killing one policeman.”
Un individu, en véhicule, aurait fait feu sur une voiture de police à l'arrêt à un feu rouge abattant un policier.
— UNITÉ SGP POLICE (@UNITESGPPOLICE) April 20, 2017
Paris police tweeted to tell people to avoid the area around the Avenue des Champs-Élysées where the attack occurred. They did not release any further details.
A second tweet stated that there was “police intervention underway” in the area.
The U.S. State Department‘s bureau of consular affairs warned via Twitter to avoid the area “after a shooting.”
The Champs-Élysées is a major tourist destination with the Arc de Triomphe at one end.
President Donald Trump shared “our condolences” with the people of France during a news conference with the Italian prime minister, who was at the White House today.
“It’s a very terrible thing that’s going on in the world today,” Trump said, adding that he thought it was “another terrorist attack,” though that had not been confirmed at the time.
“What can you say? It just never ends. We have to be strong, we have to be vigilant,” he said.