The commissioner, 45-year-old Helric Fredou, had been the deputy director of the regional police in Limoges, a city in central France. He had been investigating the Charlie Hebdo incident last Wednesday, soon after the attacks on the magazine’s office had occurred, and was in the middle of completing a report with the victim’s family, when he shot himself in the head in his office.
According to the local police union, Fredou was single with no children, and prior to the attacks, had suffered from burnout and depression. France3 reports that a year ago, Fredou had found the body of a colleague who had also committed suicide in his office by shooting himself in the head.
“We are all shocked. Nobody was ready for such developments”, a spokesman for the union said to reporters.
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