Police: Paris attack suspect was detained in February, but released

The Arc de Triomphe is pictured on the Champs Elysees boulevard in Paris, early Friday, April 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
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PARIS (AP) — Two French officials say the gunman who shot and killed a police officer on the Champs-Elysees was detained in February for threatening police then freed.

The officials spoke Friday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly discuss details of the probe into Thursday night's attack.

The officials said the gunman was detained toward the end of February after speaking threateningly about the police but then released for lack of evidence.

He was convicted in 2003 of attempted homicide in shootings on two police officers.

Police shot and killed the gunman after he opened fire on a police van on Paris' most famous boulevard. The Islamic State group quickly claimed responsibility for the attack.

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