Fugitive shooter arrested in France

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An armed former soldier on the run in southwestern France has been arrested after being seriously injured in a shootout with security forces following a massive manhunt, the local police head says.

Police with sniffer dogs had been combing woods in the Dordogne region since Sunday for the suspect after he opened fire on officers responding to a domestic violence incident.

"The man was injured in a response shot (by security forces)," Dordogne Prefect Federic Perissat told a news conference.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin earlier tweeted that the man had been "neutralised".

Authorities said the suspect was a heavily armed former soldier who they believed was carrying a long-range hunting rifle.

The 1800 inhabitants of the village of Le Lardin-Saint-Lazare in the Dordogne were urged to stay at home and schools were closed as police helicopters circled in the sky.

Police said the man went to his ex-partner's house around midnight on Saturday into Sunday and threatened her new boyfriend. Officers then came under fire when they arrived at the scene. There were no reports of injuries.

"Hours go by, in-depth work continues. Our goal is to arrest this character without endangering the population," the Dordogne Prefect Federic Perissat told a news conference.

Elite forces, more than 300 gendarmes, sniffer dogs as well as seven helicopters and 11 armoured vehicles had been searching since Saturday.

Police earlier issued a photo of the suspect, a bearded man of athletic built named Terry Dupin, born in 1992 in Rosny-Sous-Bois, near Paris.

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