The father of a 15-year-old girl who was shot in her arm by her mother has spoken out about the “unnecessary” shooting in the town of Dantel in southern France.
Dantela police have said a pregnant woman was being attacked and threatened with a gun when she resisted her mother, a doctor, who was trying to inject a medicine into her daughter’s leg.
In a statement, the force said a “minor altercation” broke out and the police officer “fired at least one shot at the woman”.
“The victim’s injuries are not life threatening,” the statement said.
“The officer has been discharged from the service and the matter is under investigation.”
The mother of the girl, who has not been named, said she had been threatened by her daughter after her father refused to hand over her medication for her son.
“I’m not saying she’s not safe,” she said, adding that the girl had “no idea” where the doctor was when he was shot.
“My daughter has a very small arm, it’s a normal arm, and I know her.
She’s not afraid of anybody, she doesn’t hurt nobody.”
The girl’s father, Mohamed Bouhouche, said his daughter had suffered a bullet wound to her right arm, but that she had survived.
He added that the mother was on the phone with her daughter when the officer approached and shot.
Dontel police chief Jean-Michel Leger said the girl was shot by the father of the man who had tried to inject her daughter with the medicine, and that the officer had fired two shots.
“It is not clear what the reason was for shooting the woman.
It’s just that the situation did not allow the officers to do their job properly,” he said.
Dants Laon police spokesman Pierre-Yves Leblanc told the AFP news agency that the shooting had been investigated, but did not provide further details.
Dantes Laon is a town of around 10,000 in the northwest of France.
The city is home to a number of bars, restaurants, bars, and other businesses.
The town is often a popular tourist destination.
Police officers regularly patrol the streets and are stationed in nearby suburbs.
“We are not afraid,” said the Dants police spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The girl, whose identity has not yet been confirmed, was in a hospital for six weeks after being shot, Leblancer said.
It was not clear whether the girl has been treated for any injuries.
A woman and her child walk in front of a bar in Dants-laon, in southern French Toulouse province, on March 27, 2017, as part of the city’s “Operation Una Vie” anti-gang campaign.
Photo: AFP/Getty Images Dantes Laotian police spokesman Jean-Jacques Gaudreau said that the police had not yet made a decision on whether to charge the woman or whether to investigate the case.
“This is not a normal situation, but this is the situation we’re dealing with here,” he told AFP.
“A police officer shot a child in the arms.
It is not acceptable and we will not tolerate this.
We will investigate it.”
The incident comes amid a wave of anti-immigration sentiment across France.
France’s anti-immigrant National Front party, which won power last year, has accused the government of allowing the rise of a radical right-wing fringe that has blamed immigrants for problems like high unemployment and a decline in standards of living.
It also has vowed to build a wall on its border with Belgium to keep migrants out.
The government has denied that it is racist.
The rise of the FN, and the government’s willingness to use violence to suppress its opponents, have led to fears of an even wider rise of extremist far-right parties in France.