“A dismissal order was issued on August 2, 2022, in accordance with the requisitions made by the Orléans prosecutor’s office. An appeal was lodged by the civil parties,” said the prosecutor’s office, confirming information from France Bleu Orléans.

The case had been the first case where article L435-1 of the Internal Security Code, which came into force in February 2017, had been invoked. This text aligned the framework for the use of weapons by the police with that of the national gendarmerie, allowing, under certain conditions, the police to fire on a fugitive.

On August 19, 2017 in Châlette-sur-Loing (Loiret), a town north of Montargis, Luis Bico, known for psychiatric disorders, was killed by the police as he tried to flee with his car.

The 48-year-old Franco-Portuguese national had just displayed threatening behavior in the city center by showing a knife in front of a passer-by.

Taking out his knife again in front of the police, the forty-something had threatened to kill the officials before rushing at them with his vehicle.

The police then used their weapons and the man died of his injuries.