Gabriel Attal announced the death of a 43-year-old man, a tax employee, killed on Monday, November 21 while carrying out an inspection at a second-hand dealer.
Stupeur in Bullecourt in Pas-de-Calais. A tax agent was killed Monday, November 21 while carrying out an inspection at a second-hand goods dealer. He was not alone. A colleague accompanied him. Both were kidnapped before the suspect killed the man and then committed suicide. Gabriel Attal referred to this “unspeakable tragedy” during his speech before the Senate on Monday evening. “This man was just doing his job for me. […] Today he didn’t come back. He was killed as part of this tax audit. »
The victim, a 43-year-old man, was head of the verification brigade in Pas-de-Calais, he said. The victim, chief inspector of public finances, was found dead “probably as a result of stab wounds”, said the Arras prosecutor’s office in a press release. The inspector “who accompanied her, very shocked, was taken care of by the emergency services. His days are not in danger,” he added. Both “carried out a home intervention to carry out an audit of the accounts” of the company of a 46-year-old man, who would then have kidnapped and tied them up, it is specified in the press release. “The respondent would have killed himself by firearm”, according to the prosecution.
Attal at Bullecourt on Tuesday
The junk dealer for his part “committed suicide” indicated a second source close to the investigation, according to which the public finance officer and his colleague were sequestered at the home of the junk dealer. “At the time of the arrival of the gendarmes, the two men were dead”, she specified, stressing that the gendarmerie had been warned “by a witness”. The research section of the Hauts-de-France gendarmerie was seized.
“His colleagues from the departmental directorate of public finances in Pas-de-Calais and more generally all public finance officers are upset and in mourning tonight,” said Gabriel Attal. He said he would be there on Tuesday morning. “Tonight, the public service has the face of this brigade leader”, he insisted, before inviting a moment of meditation “in his homage”.
Called around 7 p.m., the firefighters confirmed at the start of the evening “two deceased in Bullecourt and one injured, about to be transported”, specifying that the intervention was “still in progress”. Around 11 p.m., the gendarmes were still deployed in the village of Bullecourt, deserted that evening, blocking the street from the second-hand dealer’s home, noted an AFP journalist. The village of 250 inhabitants is located south of Arras.
The public prosecutor of Arras was to publish a press release in the evening. Contacted by AFP, the mayor of the city, the prefecture and the gendarmes did not respond pending this communication from the prosecution.