For reasons unknown, on August 6, 1996, Jean-Pierre, a
divorced 55-year-old fuel-trader, shot to death his girlfriend's family
and two police officers. In what investigators call a "crime of
passion" Jean-Pierre walked to the house of his girlfriend, Solange
Briet, in the hamlet of Val, near Rennes, in Brittany and started
blasting away with a shotgun at her, her parents and her handicapped
Although wounded, Solange managed to flee to a
neighbor's house and call the police.
Her brother and parents died
instantly. When two policemen arrived they found Jean-Pierre standing on
the lawn outside the house. Witnesses say he put his hands in the air
and agreed to give himself up. But moments later he picked up the
shotgun, which he had hidden in a bush, and fired at the officers
killing them both.
A third policeman, who had been interviewing neighbors,
arrived when Jean-Pierre was reloading and was attacked with a knife.
After a brief struggle, the policeman brought Jean-Pierre down with a
shot which left him seriously wounded. Both Solange and Jean-Pierre were
sent the hospital where their conditions were reported to be stable.
Like always, neighbors described Jean-Pierre as a quiet man.