A 35-year-old Egyptian immigrant was seriously injured after a policeman shot him while trying to stop a truck carrying four other migrants near Nice southeast of France, AFP reported.
Italian authorities were chasing the refrigerated truck, which was transporting foreigners illegally, located Tuesday night in Souspel, a French town near the Italian border, Nice’s public prosecutor Xavier Bonhomme said in a statement.
As the security forces chased the truck on a steep road near Nice, the truck driver increased its speed towards a police car, and one of the policemen used his weapon and fired four times trying to stop it, the statement added.
The truck stopped in an area of Nice, and the driver and two passengers in the front seat fled.
Five migrants were found inside the truck, including a 35-year-old Egyptian who was shot in the head and taken to hospital in a “critical condition”.
According to the public prosecutor, the truck showed signs of two gunshot wounds.
The Public Prosecution opened two investigations into the incident.