Karim Cheurfi was in prison for 14 years (Picture: Social Media)
A handwritten note defending Isis was found near the body of the man who murdered a police officer in a shooting in Paris.
Karim Cheurfi, 39, was killed in a shootout in the French capital after he shot Xavier Jugele, a police officer who was on duty during the Paris attacks in November 2015.
Officers found handwritten messages defending Isis, addresses of police establishments and a Koran by his body.
As well as the death of Mr Jugele, two other police officers and a German tourist were injured when Cheurfi opened fire.
He used a Kalashnikov assault rifle to shoot the officer twice in the head, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said.
Xavier Jugele, the policeman killed on Paris’ most famous boulevard was also at the Bataclan (Picture: AP)
Cheurfi’s identity was confirmed from his fingerprints.
Since the incident on the eve of France’s election, it has emerged that Cheurfi was detained in February for threatening to kill police – before being freed.
Previously, he served 14 years in prison for crimes including attempted murder, after he grabbed a police officer’s gun and shot him.
Cheurfi was only released in 2015 but was detained again this February – only to be released due to a lack of evidence.
Police sources said he had been flagged as an extremist to authorities.
Investigators are attempting to establish if he had accomplices or worked alone, Molins said.
He added: ‘The investigations will now focus on determining the potential help that he may have benefited from.
‘He was not on the security watch list and had shown no signs of radicalisation despite his many years in prison.’