22-year-old used a samurai katana to murder his entire family, including three brothers, after being invited to dinner

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French gendarmes stand guard near a road diversion sign leading to the house where a man suspected of shooting five people.

Photo: JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images

A man killed his family, including his father, stepmother and three brothers, using a long gun and a Japanese sword.

The 22-year-old man was shot dead by French police in the town of Douvresnear the Alps, after to kill five members of his family that he had taken hostage since Tuesday night.

It has now been revealed that the killer used a katana, a Japanese long sword, as well as a long-barreled weapon to kill his father, stepmother, 17-year-old sister, 15-year-old stepsister, and their five-year-old brother, after they invited him to dinner.

Armed policemen were alerted to a possible hostage situation on Tuesday at around 11:30 pm and tried to negotiate with the captor until the arrival of the special rescue team shortly before 7:00 am yesterday.

Described by the Public Ministry as “determined”, the killer is said to have called local police on Tuesday night to announce that he had killed his family with the katana, Le Parisien newspaper said.

He also allegedly sent photos and videos of the victims to his mother, the newspaper also said.

He was wearing a bulletproof vest and protective clothing on his limbs when he was shot dead by the French police’s elite tactical unit, known as GIGN, according to local reports.

More than 100 officers were dispatched to the scene.

There was a long negotiation before the assault on the kidnapper was ordered at noon.

Bourg-en-Bresse prosecutor Christophe Rode said: “For several hours during the night and morning of July 20, the gendarmes tried to contact the madman who refused to answer the gendarmes’ phone calls, as well as the direct contacts attempted by the negotiators.

“Despite several attempts to make the subject lay down his weapons and despite an electric pulse gun, the madman pointed his weapons and advanced towards the gendarmes, who then used their weapons four times, causing serious injuries.”

GIGN made the decision to shoot the man after “confronting the possible dangerousness of the character,” a source said.

The young man had been receiving treatment for his psychiatric problems and had shown “signs of nervousness” when he stopped his medication, Le Parisien reported.

Rescue teams tried to revive the killer, but the young man died about 20 minutes later, the magistrate said.

The family had moved to Douvres in July last year, but the 22-year-old was not living in the house at the time of the incident, said Christian Limousin, the mayor of Douvres.

The father ran a local construction company, according to Le Progres. The stepmother was a project officer in fraud prevention at CPAM, in the Ain local office of the national health insurance administration.

The attacker worked for a fast food establishment in a nearby town.

An investigation into the murders is underway.

A second investigation will focus on the GIGN’s use of weapons.

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