A French policeman was shot by a gunman Friday after swapping himself for a hostage in a siege at a supermarket in the southwest town of Trebes. (screenshot: CBS News)

A French policeman was shot by a gunman Friday after swapping himself for a hostage in a siege at a supermarket in the southwest town of Trebes. (screenshot: CBS News)

A French policeman who was shot by a gunman Friday after swapping himself for a hostage in an apparent terror attack at a supermarket in the southwest town of Trebes is being praised as a hero. The policeman was among a group of officers who rushed to the scene after the attacker, who claimed allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group, stormed the store and fired on shoppers and staff before taking them hostage.

The suspect, identified as 26-year-old Redouane Lakdim, reportedly shot dead two people at the supermarket after earlier opening fire on passengers in a car, killing one of them, and injuring a police officer in nearby Carcassonne, reports CBS News.

"Everything leads us to believe it is a terror attack," said French President Emmanuel Macron.

The officer, who was reportedly seriously injured, was later identified as Col. Arnaud Beltrame.

An officer from the police SWAT team was also hurt in the operation. The gunman was killed.

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