Police official says killing spree suspect dead

JOHANNA DECORSE SARAH DiLORENZO Associated Press Published:

TOULOUSE, France (AP) -- A police official says that the suspect in a three-attack killing spree who claims links to al-Qaida is dead.

The official, Didier Martinez of the Unite SGP police union, says the news was announced Thursday on the police radio shortly after a 5-minute volley of gunfire. It was not immediately known exactly how Mohamed Merah, 24, died.