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Paris Police Shoot Attacker Outside Notre Dame Cathedral

French police stand at the scene of a shooting incident near the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, June 6, 2017.

The French counter-terrorism office has launched an investigation into an attack on a Paris police officer Tuesday at the Notre Dame Cathedral, a popular tourist attraction, according to the prosecutor's office.

The Paris police department said officers shot and injured a man after he attacked an officer with a hammer.

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Police are urging people to stay away from the area around the cathedral, which was sealed off after the incident.

Police union official Cedric Michel said the attack occurred as an officer was patrolling on the esplanade in front of the cathedral.

A police spokesman said authorities are not certain if the assailant, who has been hospitalized, acted alone.