France terror suspect shot in head as he jumped from window

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An undated frame grab provided by French TV station France 2 shows Mohamed Merah, the suspect in the killing of 3 paratroopers, 3 children and a rabbi in recent days. (AP Photo)

PARIS — A French prosecutor says that a gunman who claimed responsibility for a radical Islam-inspired killing spree was shot in the head by police.

Francois Molins says Mohamed Merah, a 23-year-old Frenchman of Algerian origin, filmed all three of his attacks in recent days that killed three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi and three paratroopers.

Molins said Thursday that “everything was done to try to arrest him alive.”

Police entered his apartment following a 32-hour standoff. Molins says the gunman came out of the bathroom shooting wildly and aggressively and was shot in the head as he jumped out of the window.

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