BREAKING NEWS: One policeman dead, another wounded and shooter killed on Paris's Champs Elysees
Rue de Rivoli in central Paris has been closed by police officers this evening
Reports indicate that 'suspicious items' are currently being assessed by police
It is believed the Paris Metro service is not stopping on the busy street tonigh
By Abe Hawken For Mailonline
PUBLISHED: 13:42 EDT, 20 April 2017 | UPDATED: 15:34 EDT, 20 April 2017
One police officer has been killed following an incident on the Champs Elysees in Paris this evening, according to French police.
Another officer was seriously wounded and the attacker has been killed on the world famous avenue.
By 9pm the road was locked down with hundreds of heavily-armed officers flooding the area - popular with tourists.
It came as presidential candidates took place in a TV debate nearby and French police have advised those in the city to stay clear of the area.
France is currently under a state of emergency following a spate of Islamist terror attacks.
The shooting comes just hours after one of the busiest roads in the capital was closed off by police as officers dealt with a 'suspicious package'.
Reports suggest that items were discovered by officers as Rue de Rivoli, in the centre of the French capital, remained shut.
Stunned witnesses have described seeing a large police presence on the two-mile-long road.
It is believed that the Paris Metro service is not stopping there as officers try and deal with the incident.
The incident on Thursday comes as France remains in a state of emergency following the Paris attacks in 2015 and the Bastille Day killings in Nice in 2016.
Rue de Rivoli is a busy commercial street just north of the River Seine which is home to some of the most fashionable shops in the world.