Commissioner Helric Fredou was part of the police investigation into the Charlie Hebdo terror attack.
On Wednesday, as part of the Charlie Hebdo investigation, he dispatched a team of police officials under his jurisdiction. He is reported to have waited for the return of his team for a debriefing. Immediately following the police debriefing, he was involved in preparing his police report.
According to media reports, he committed suicide at around 1am on Thursday, within hours of the police debriefing. He used his own police weapon, a SIG-Sauer to “shoot himself in the head”.
At the time of his death, police claim to have not known the reason for his alleged suicide. This was reflected in their official statements to the media: “It is unknown at this time the reasons for his actions”.
However, a backstory appears to have been inserted simultaneously,
most likely from the very same police media liaisons, who then told the press that Fredou was ‘depressed and overworked’