Gay Police Officer Killed in Paris Attack Hailed as Hero

 

A French police officer murdered Thursday in an apparent terrorist attack on Paris's Champs-Élysées was Xavier Jugelé, a 37-year-old gay man beloved in his community.

Jugelé was shot while sitting in a police vehicle that was guarding the packed boulevard; two other officers were injured in the attack. The shooter, a man named Karim Cheurfi who previously served 14 years in prison, was killed in an ensuing gun battle with police. The terrorist group ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attack.

Jugelé served on the Parisian police force since 2010, previously working in national law enforcement. A committed activist, Jugelé was a member of Flag, an organization for LGBT police officers in France. He also protested against Russia's so-called gay propaganda ban, which made most public displays of Pride illegal. Jugelé also traveled to Greece to aid migrants who arrived there seeking exile, according to The New York Times

President François Hollande said the nation would pay an official tribute to Jugelé in the coming days. Jugelé leaves behind a partner.

Tags: Crime, France

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