The police chief in Rodez—a small city about 93 miles northeast of Toulouse, France—was fatally stabbed by a man who was banned from owning an unregistered pit bull, according to Fox News.

Chief Pascale Filoe was transported to a nearby hospital but later died from his injuries. He was a father of three.

The unnamed suspect reportedly had threatened police over the dog ban.

"The attacker was known to police. He had defaced the city hall door on 11 April," said the mayor of Rodez, Christian Teyssedre.