Paris’ Orly airport was evacuated Saturday morning after a man was fatally shot by police after trying to seize a soldier’s weapon, the Ministry of the Interior has confirmed.
“In the Orly airport this morning, a man took the weapon of a French soldier,” a ministry spokesperson told ABC News. “He then hid in a shop in the airport and was shot and killed by security forces.”
France’s minister of the interior, Bruno LeRoux, is heading to Orly, the ministry tweeted. It also tweeted, “Message to passengers, do not go to Paris-Orly airport.”
The man’s identity is not yet known.
The incident impacted flights, with the airport authority tweeting, “Orly # airport Air traffic suspended for Orly South & West terminal. Do not come to the airport. Ongoing Police operation.”
The soldier is part of the Sentinel special force, deployed around France to defend sensitive sites from terror attacks.
France’s National Police and the Paris airport authority initially tweeted that a “security operation” was currently underway at the international airport.
“#Orly #airport On going special operations by the Police. Please follow Their instructions,” the authority that manages the airport tweeted at 9:19 a.m. local time.
France’s National Police also tweeted in French about the “ongoing police operation,” urging travelers, “do not cross the security perimeter.”
A subsequent tweet from the National Police said its elite unit RAID is also on the scene.