The suspected attacker of a Jewish school in Toulouse jumped out of his apartment window during a police raid on his home and died.
Hours after Israeli Prime Minister paid condolence visits to the victims' families in Jerusalem on Thursday morning, French police entered the home of the suspected killer.
Police on early Thursday afternoon reportedly entered the Toulouse apartment of Mohammed Merah, where he had been holed up since early Wednesday morning when police surrounded the home.
Police initially did not find Merah, Interior Minister Claude Gueant told reporters immediately after the raid, but he then came out of the bathroom shooting violently. Police returned fire, but Merah jumped out of the window still shooting, Gueant said. He was found dead.
Merah had not been in contact with police since Wednesday night. Merah has been in contact with the police early Wednesday when he reportedly had agreed to turn himself later in the day before abruptly cutting off communication with police; he later resumed contact for a short time.
The suspect's brother and mother reportedly were arrested, and two police officers were injured in a shootout outside the home, according to reports.
The Ozar Hatorah school reopened Wednesday for the first time since the attack, in which a man riding a motorbike opened fire Monday outside the school where students were waiting to enter the building at the start of the school day.
Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, 30, and his two young sons, as well as the 7-year-old daughter of the school's principal, were killed in the attack. They were buried in Jerusalem on Wednesday morning.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday visited with Eva Sandler, the wife of slain rabbi Jonathan Sandler, and the mother of slain boys Arieh and Gabriel. “I saw the pain and sorrow of a young mother, nursing a child, who lost her husband and two children. What barbaric cruelty could motivate someone to commit so inhuman an act," he said upon exiting the home.
He also visited the parents and siblings of Miriam Monsonego. “To think about little Miriam, who was murdered so brutally, this is awful. Bereavement is like disability; it is painful and debilitating, like a limb of one’s body has been cut off. We all pray that you will find the strength to deal with your pain,” he told them. Netanyahu also suggested to Miriam’s father, the school's principal, that the school be named after the victims.
The Sandler family was also visited by French Ambassador to Israel Christophe Bigot.