A Buenos Aires police officer was killed on Thursday with at least one shot by four criminals who tried tosteal the car in which he was traveling as a companion in the town of Loma Hermosa, northwest of the suburb, police and judicial sources reported.
The incident occurred around 16 p.m., on Mendoza Street at 7700 of that town, located on the border of the San Martín and Tres de Febrero districts.
At least four armed criminals tried to steal the vehicle in which the officer, identified as Pedro Laresca (26), was traveling in the passenger seat and dressed in civilian clothes.
When the assailants intercepted them, Laresca, who worked in the Tres de Febrero Patrol Command, drew his regulation weapon and began a brief shootout.
The sources said that, as a result of the confrontation, the officer was shot at least once, so he was taken by his friend to a police station to ask for help, although he died from the injuries suffered.
A judicial spokesperson told the Télam news agency that, initially, the victim was shot in the head, although they were waiting for expert reports from the Argentine National Gendarmerie (GNA).
Meanwhile, police personnel carried out different procedures in the afternoon with the aim of identifying and locating the criminals.
Prosecutor Fabiana Ruíz, of the Functional Investigation Unit (UFI) 2 of the San Martín Judicial Department, who was at the scene of the incident at the head of the operation, is involved in the case.