Suspected of killing three women in 2021 in the Haut-Rhin, Ardèche and Drome, ex-Hérelien Gabriel Fortin refuses to participate in the first reconstructions.

“In my twenty-five years of career, I have never seen anything like this. The defendant did not get out of his prison van for six and a half hours of recovery,” said Me Herve Guerby, lawyer for the sisters of Patricia Pascion, one of three people whom Gabrielle Fortin, ex-Hérélien, is suspected of killing in January this Friday, March 18 2021.

Suspect worked at Gallardon.

The allegedly innocent Gabriel Fortin, charged with murder and attempted murder, was forcibly removed from his cell in Valence (Drome) on 14 December. He was to be interrogated by the investigating judge on the circumstances of the case on January 28, 2021 at 8:30.

On that day, he is suspected of breaking into the Pôle emploi agency in Valence and shooting his adviser, 53-year-old Patricia Pascion, in the head and chest.

“The defendants participate, at a minimum, in reconstructions, being present at the scene and answering questions from the investigating judge. But after the facts, Gabriel Fortin remained completely silent. »

Thus, the reconstruction took place in the presence of witnesses, work colleagues, ballistics experts, a medical examiner, various judicial authorities and lawyers on both sides.

The former Eurelian would have taken the same position on Thursday, March 17, during the reenactment of another murder that also took place on January 28, 2021 in Guillerand Grange (Ardèche). The 46-year-old engineer is suspected of shooting 51-year-old Geraldine Kucklin, director of human resources at Faun, in the chest.

Drôme Ardèche: A man kills a Pôle Emploi advisor and a company employee.

There are two more renovations to come. The case of the alleged murder of 39-year-old Estelle Luce on January 26, 2021 in Wolganzen (Haut-Rhin) and the failed murder of Estelle Luce’s former work colleague, her hierarchical superior, on January 26, 2021. January 2021 Watziller (Haut-Rhin).

Double licensed

The motives for the potential deadly journey may have been partly set by the fact that the parquet floors of Valence, the parquet floors of Alsace and the Ardèche are gone. An investigation carried out by the Interregional Office of the Judicial Police (DIPJ) of Lyon could have made it possible to establish the genesis of these three murders.

Gabriel Fortin lived in Aire-et-Loire and worked for the company in Gallardon from 2006 to 2008. The company was taken over and layoffs were announced, including those of Gabriel Fortin. According to a source close to the investigation, he would have very badly survived this restructuring procedure for a multinational company that relocated the site and fired it. However, according to this source, he would blame Estelle Luce and her boss, the HR manager, who also played a role in his dismissal from Gallardon.

The man suspected of killing three women in the Haut-Rhin, Ardèche and Drôme worked in Aire-et-Loire.

The engineer worked for Faun Environnement from 2008 to 2010, but was laid off again. Gabriel Fortin, who became unemployed, was fired from Pôle emploi in 2013. Did he consider his two firings before taking action, 11 years after the first firing, investigators wonder?

Gun in the car

Originally from Nancy (Meurthe et Moselle), this bachelor would rent a red Hyundai. He is suspected of having shot Estelle Luce in the Haut-Rhin, then Patricia Pascion in the Drome and Geraldine Caquelin in the Ardèche. In the last murder, the shooter left his gun there.

Apparently on the run aboard the red Hyundai seen at the scene of the three murders, Gabriel Fortin was apprehended after a head-on collision with a police car on the Frédéric-Mistral bridge in Valence. This is half an hour after the last murder.

Police found a Glock pistol in the car. Former Evrelian was in good standing, as he was in a sports shooting club. The 9mm weapon used in the three murders was a Taurus. Shell casings collected by investigators from the same weapon.

In 2021, Gabriel Fortin was automatically admitted to the Vinattier Psychiatric Hospital in Lyon for six months. In the prison where he was, they feared a possible suicide.

This Friday, March 18, his lawyer, Laetitia Galland, responded with a message: “Given my client’s exercise of the right to remain silent, I am subscribing to this line. »

Thierry Delaunay
thierry.delaunay@centrefrance.com

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