The official was killed by several stab wounds after being kidnapped with a colleague at a second-hand goods dealer in Bullecourt, in Pas-de-Calais.
A tax official was killed on Tuesday after being kidnapped with a colleague as part of a tax audit at a second-hand dealer in Bullecourt (Pas-de-Calais), who then killed himself. “This man was simply doing his job… Today he didn’t come back. He was killed as part of this tax audit.said the Minister of Public Accounts, Gabriel Attal, who spoke in the middle of the evening before the Senate The victim, a 43-year-old man, was head of the verification brigade in Pas-de-Calais, said -He specifies.
An injured inspector
The man was killed “several stab wounds”had previously indicated a source close to the investigation. “A woman, tax inspector”, was also found at the second-hand dealer’s home, “tied to a chair and deeply shocked”, added this source. The junk dealer, for his part, “suicide”said a second source close to the investigation, according to which the public finance officer and his colleague were sequestered at the home of the junk dealer. “When the gendarmes arrived, the two men were dead”she said, noting that the gendarmerie had been notified “by a witness”. The research section of the Hauts-de-France gendarmerie was seized.
The second-hand dealer, divorced and father of two children, “had arrived in the village four years ago”told AFP the mayor of the village, Éric Bianchin. “He had bought a farm in rue de Quéant, where he was selling at home. He emptied houses, garage sales and resold at home.he added, his eyes moist behind his glasses. “It’s a small village, everyone knows each other. I never had a problem with him, he was helpful, he was a regular person. He was integrated into the village”, continued the mayor. According to him, residents “saw him very little”because “He left very early in the morning for his activity”.
“An unspeakable drama”
The colleagues of the victim, who worked for “the departmental directorate of public finances (DDFIP) of Pas-de-Calais and more broadly all public finance agents are this evening upset and in mourning”declared Gabriel Attal before the Senate, referring to “an unspeakable drama”. He said he would go to the DDFIP in Arras on Tuesday morning. He is expected there at 11:30 a.m. “Tonight, the public service has the face of this brigade leader”, he insisted, before inviting a moment of meditation “in his honor” in the hemicycle.
Called around 7:00 p.m., the firefighters confirmed in the early evening “two deceased in Bullecourt and one injured, about to be transported”specifying that the intervention was “ongoing”. Around 11:00 p.m., the gendarmes were still deployed in the village of Bullecourt, deserted that evening, blocking the street from the second-hand dealer’s home, noted an AFP journalist. The village of 250 inhabitants is located south of Arras. The public prosecutor of Arras was to publish a press release in the evening. Contacted by AFP, the mayor of the city, the prefecture and the gendarmes did not respond pending this communication from the prosecution.