A man was shot dead Saturday at Paris’ Orly airport after he reached for a soldier’s weapon, BFM TV reported. The airport was evacuated, the station reported, according to Reuters.
A national police official said the incident occurred Saturday morning at Orly, and the soldier is part of the Sentinel special force installed around France to protect sensitive sites after a string of deadly Islamic extremist attacks.
No information about the slain man or any other injuries was available. The official was not authorized to be publicly named.
Police evacuated part of the airport and warned visitors in a tweet to avoid the airport while the police operation was underway. Emergency vehicles surrounded the airport as confused passengers gathered in parking lots, and the elite RAID special police force worked to secure the airport.
The shooting came after a similar incident last month at the Louvre Museum. France remains under a state of emergency. Saturday’s attack further rattled France, which remains under a state of emergency after attacks over the past two years that have killed 235 people.
The Associated Press contributed to this report