The man suspected of killing seven people in three separate shooting incidents in Montauban and Toulouse, France is dead. Police surrounded Mohammad Merah’s house early Wednesday morning and he was in contact with police up until last night. Police set off several explosions outside of the home in hopes that it would force the man to surrender. Before the communication with Merah ended, police say that the man said he was ready to die with his “weapons in hand.” He had originally told police that he was going to surrender on Wednesday afternoon.
Police fired tear gas into the home and then entered the apartment to arrest Merah; however, police report that he was dead. There has not been any official notification by the French Interior Minister. There were three police officers that were injured in the raid, according to France24 television. There were hundreds of police involved in the standoff operation.
Four of the deaths occurred outside of a Jewish school on Monday when a gunman opened fire as the teachers and students were arriving at the school .The gunman left the scene on a motorcycle. Just a few days earlier, a gunman wearing a full face mask and on a motorcycle, opened fire on three French soldiers standing by an ATM. Two of the soldiers died and the other was seriously wounded. About a week before that shooting, another French soldier was gunned down by a man on a motorcycle outside of a gym in Montauban.