The autopsy of the police officer, who voluntarily took the place of one of the hostages in Friday’s attack on a Super U supermarket in Trèbes, revealed that he had died as a result of being stabbed as well as shot. He was stabbed in the neck, according to reports.
His murderer was Radouane Lakdim, a 25-year-old jihadist who had stormed the market after firing at motorists and police, armed with a combat knife and a handgun. Beltrame’s service weapon, a 9mm handgun, was also found near his body. Whether he was stabbed or shot first is still unknown. The gunshots triggered the intervention of police tactical units, which in turn killed the assailant.
Lakdim had planted homemade explosives throughout the store that were linked to a trigger, but they did not detonate.
Beltrame’s heroic actions were hailed by President Emmanuel Macron.