Monday, April 16, 2012

Argentina: Assailant Shoots, Kills Off-Duty Police Officer for Resisting Carjacking

An off-duty Metropolitan Police officer in plainclothes in the Buenos Aires suburb of Caballito was shot and killed earlier this morning (April 16) when an assailant described to be in his teens fired at the officer several times after the officer resisted the armed carjacking. The officer's girlfriend was in the car with him at the time of the incident.

The officer and his girlfriend were waiting for a traffic signal to change to green when the assailant attempted to carjack the officer's privately owned vehicle. The officer's girlfriend was not injured.

COMMENT: The girlfriend promptly called an ambulance on her mobile phone, but due to the multiple gunshot wounds the officer sustained (two rounds to the stomach and one to the back), he could not be revived when he reached Churruca Hospital.

For both armed citizens as well as off-duty police officers, it is far better to surrender a vehicle to a carjacker and be able to easily identify the suspect, unless the intended victim is absolutely sure they can neutralize the perpetrator with a firearm. Otherwise, giving up a precious life for replaceable property is never a wise choice.

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