French police attempting to apprehend a violent suspect were thwarted by a mob of people who attacked them to prevent the arrest, according to reports.
Multiple officers were injured during the ambush, which unfolded at around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday night outside a police precinct in Saint-Fons, a commune in the Lyon metro area.
The incident kicked off when a group of suspects vandalized a patrol car parked outside the police building.
"The national police quickly arrived on the scene and arrested one of the alleged perpetrators, who began to scream," Actu 17 reports.
"They were then surrounded by about twenty individuals who attacked them, in particular by throwing projectiles at them, according to our information."
Officers deployed tear gas to disperse the crowd and arrested two men and also a 14-year-old boy whose mother brought him to the station later that night.
Three cops were injured in the melee.
The original suspect, who had been placed in handcuffs, reportedly managed to flee the scene.
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