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Hostage situation turns deadly in France; authorities suspect terrorism

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French gendarmes block an access to Trebes, where a man took hostages at a supermarket on March 23, 2018 in Trebes, southwest France. At least two people were killed after a gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group opened fire and took hostages at a supermarket in southwest France. / AFP PHOTO / ERIC CABANIS (Photo credit should read ERIC CABANIS/AFP/Getty Images)

French police have raided a supermarket and killed a gunman, ending a standoff that lasted nearly four hours.

On the morning of March 23, an armed man took hostages in a supermarket in Trebes, France. He had reportedly declared himself to be a member of ISIS. The hostage situation began at around 11 a.m. local time and the gunman was reported to have been shot at around 3 p.m. local time.

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