Did senior French cop kill himself over Charlie Hebdo attack?

The death last week of Helric Fredou, a high-ranking police commissioner from Limoges who was in charge of the Charlie Hebdo massacre investigation — and who turned his police-issued rifle on himself Thursday — was cited by several media outlets (here and here in French) as related to the terror attack.

Fredou met with relatives of one of the victims of the attack on the satirical magazine (which would seem to be routine practice for a top officer investigating a case) before he turned his gun on himself.

Unmarried and childless, Fredou was reportedly overworked and exhausted. French police issued a statement lamenting his passing, but have not officially linked his suicide to the terror attack, even though — in a French-language Canadian paper — he was hailed as the “13th victim” of the attack.

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