French Police Kill Strasbourg Shooter, U.S. Agency Charged with Mismanaging Security, Bomb Threat Scam Spreads to Australia

French Police Kill Strasbourg Shooter, U.S. Agency Charged with Mismanaging Security, Bomb Threat Scam Spreads to Australia and New Zealand, and More

​French police shot and killed Cherif Chekatt​, the suspect in a shooting at a Strasbourg market on Tuesday, December 11, that killed three people and seriously wounded others. Chekatt was killed after he opened fire on police officers two days after the market shooting. The 29-year-old Chekatt was a French citizen and was known to police as a possible national security threat. He had 27 criminal convictions in various European countries and had served time in jail, according to the BBC. Reuters reports that the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for Chekatt's actions, but authorities have not confirmed a connection between the shooter and the radical Islamic group.

The Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs claims that the agency "failed to properly manage thousands of VA police officers who patrol its medical centers across the country," writes USA Today. The mismanagement led to inadequate staffing and millions of dollars in overtime that was paid from public coffers, according to the report. The report also charges that VA officials failed to conduct required inspections of firearms. Security plans were not assessed, and critical incidents went unreviewed.

The bomb threats emailed to officials and schools in the United States and Canada are now being deployed in Australia and New Zealand, according to Reuters. The emails claim that a bomb will be detonated if the target does not play a ransom in cryptocurrency. Authorities around the world are taking the threats seriously, though officials in many countries have reported that none of threats appear credible.

In other news: A U.S. Government Accountability Office report recommends that federal agencies implement better record keeping on weapons purchases to avoid the current discrepancy in amounts noted in public and private sources, U.S. legislation has been approved by both houses of Congress that would require lawmakers to pay for sexual harassment settlements with personal funds instead of taxpayer money​, and a U.S. Government Accountability Office report reveals that the United States faces 26 threats to national security across four categories—adversaries' political and military advancements, dual-use technology, weapons, and events and demographic changes.