The speeding Frenchman was told to stop, shot dead as he tried to escape.

This was the latest incident of alleged police violence against suspects (Representative).

Caen, France:

French police were questioning an officer after the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man on Monday when he fled trying to stop a car for speeding, prosecutors said.

It was the latest incident of alleged police brutality against suspects that has sparked protests in recent years with critics citing harsh tactics, particularly against minorities.

The teenager was among three people in a car late Sunday when police tried to stop them near Cherbourg-en-Cotentin in western France, state prosecutor Pierre-Yves Marot said in a statement.

The driver refused to stop and sped away before another police car was forced to stop.

The three people in the car tried to escape.

One man fled while the other was taken into custody and charged on suspicion of robbery because the vehicle was reported stolen.

“The third person, a 19-year-old from Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, confronted the other patrol officers and crashed into one of them while trying to escape,” the prosecutor’s office said.

“The officer then used a stun gun” while a colleague drew and “used his service weapon, fatally striking him in the chest”.

The officer who opened fire was held for questioning by the Internal Affairs Department of the IGP of the Police on Monday evening.

France was rocked in June and July last year by violent riots over the death of a young man by a policeman during a traffic check outside Paris.

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