French police say a man suspected in a shooting spree is once again talking to negotiators.

TOULOUSE, France (AP) -- French police say a man suspected in a wave of killings is once again talking to negotiators.

The suspect is barricaded in an apartment building in the city of Toulouse in southern France. Police are trying to capture him alive.

Authorities say they have been monitoring him for years.

He is suspected in three shootings that killed three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi and three paratroopers in recent days.

The man has thrown his handgun out a window but has other weapons on him, including an AK-47 assault rifle, and has used them in volleys with police surrounding the building.

A judicial official says the suspect's mother, his brother and a companion of the brother were detained for questioning.


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