Three police officers were shot dead while another was wounded by an armed man in central France, as they were attempting to rescue a woman after getting a domestic violence call, police confirmed on Tuesday.

The incident took place near the town of Saint-Just at midnight after the police received a call about a domestic violence incident.

The police officers were shot by a 48-year-old man as they approached the house to rescue the woman.

An investigation into the incident is underway as the gunman and the motive behind the attack is still unknown.

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