Bicycle Patrolman Ahmed Merabet, 42, also was a married father, NBC News learned from an official in Merabet's station.
Amateur video that's circulated widely online showed an injured Merabet lying on a sidewalk as a pair of gunmen jogged toward him. The unredacted version showed the officer holding up his hands and looking toward one approaching gunman:
Merabet turned his head away as the gunman pointed his weapon just inches from him:
The gunman then shot Merabet in the head, NBC News said. TheBlaze is not including among these images the moment the weapon was fired.
The attack in the offices of Charlie Hebdo — characterized as terrorism by France's president — claimed 12 lives, including Merabet and fellow officer Franck Brinsolaro, assigned to guard Charlie Hebdo's editor Stephane Charbonnier, Paris police also told NBC News. Charbonnier also was killed; 11 others were wounded, with four in critical condition.
The following is redacted video of the gunman killing Merabet: