Paris: Angry clashes after delivery driver, 17, killed in police standoff

The deadly shooting unleashed tensions as angry residents set their neighbourhood on fire and police fire tear gas.

Video taken by witness Aime-Celeste Karege shows a car on fire as riot police run by

A 17-year-old delivery driver was shot dead by a police officer in Paris, unleashing angry clashes between residents and officers.

The teenager, identified by lawyers as Nael M, was killed by a gunshot and died at the scene, in the city’s north west suburb Nanterre.

A police officer was detained on suspicion of manslaughter, according to the prosecutor’s office in Nanterre.

It said the shooting happened during a traffic check.

Anger erupted among residents of Nanterre following the death.

Some groups set barricades and bins on fire, smashed up a bus stop and threw firecrackers toward police.

Officers responded with tear gas and dispersion grenades, which emit pepper spray, according to videos on French media.

Local residents also held a protest outside the police headquarters.

It was reported the police took action against the teen as they claimed their lives were in danger because the driver had threatened to run them over.

Prosecuting lawyers rejected this statement.

They also referenced a video reported to be of the incident which is circulating online.

The footage shows two police officers leaning into the driver-side window of a yellow car before the vehicle pulls away.

One officer then fires toward the driver. The car is later seen crashed into a post nearby.

Fatal gun violence is less common in France than in the United States, however several people have died or been injured at the hands of French police in recent years.

France also saw protests against racial profiling and other injustice in the wake of George Floyd’s killing by police in Minnesota.

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