An investigation is underway after a 13-year-old boy was beheaded in a cannibalism attack in southern France.
A 32-year-old man, who was suspected of the teenager’s murder, was shot dead by police.
The teenager’s body was discovered on Sunday evening in an apartment located in the town of Tarascon, which was being rented by the 32-year-old man, who is understood to have suffered from a psychiatric disorder, according to local public prosecutor Laurent Gumbau, who was speaking to AFP.
An investigation was launched after the teenage boy disappeared from a care home in the city of Marseille.
Gumbau added that cannibalism was suspected as strips of flesh had been ripped from one of the boy’s shoulders.
According to neighbours, the suspect, who had previous convictions for acts of violence, fled the apartment over rooftops.
Three hours later, the man was located at another location in Tarascon, where he was shot dead by police.
A prosecutor stated that the suspect did not appear to be armed, nor was he formally identified as the teenager’s killer.
An autopsy on both bodies is to be carried out while a police oversight body is investigating the circumstances of the killing.