• Four people were arrested on Sunday and Monday morning as part of the investigation into the murder of police officer Eric Masson in Avignon. 

  • The two main suspects have already been convicted several times for violence and drug offenses. 

The two main suspects in the murder of policeman Eric Masson killed in Avignon, aged 19 and 20, have already been sentenced "several times" for violence and infringement of narcotics legislation, the Avignon prosecutor said on Monday.

These two young men, arrested Sunday evening at a toll 20 km from Avignon, were notably condemned by the juvenile court, said Philippe Guémas during a press conference.

Course recognition

"Friday afternoon, following the first investigations, the investigators of the PJ were able to gather information which allowed us to identify the potential author of the fatal shot and the second individual present at his side. at the time of the facts ”, explained the magistrate.

The two young men were "likely to leave Avignon to take refuge in Spain", investigators also learned.

In addition to these two main suspects, the driver of the car in which they fled Avignon, a man in his fifties, and the sister of the suspected gunman, arrested Monday morning in Avignon, were still in police custody on Monday. at the end of the afternoon.

According to a police source, the young woman had gone to Spain to recognize the route.

National tribute

A judicial investigation had been opened on Friday of the head of "intentional homicide on an official of the national police" and two investigating judges were appointed by the president of the court, again recalled the prosecutor, who also took an indictment auxiliary targeting facts of "concealment of criminals" to determine how the suspects were able to hide until their arrest.

A national tribute must be paid to Eric Masson on Tuesday afternoon in Avignon by Prime Minister Jean Castex who will be accompanied by the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin and the Keeper of the Seals Eric Dupond-Moretti.


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