The case turns the Italian political class.
Massimo Adriatici, an elected Italian far-right, municipal deputy for security of Voghera (north), shot dead a Moroccan during an altercation in a public square on Tuesday evening, an act of self-defense, according to the chief of his party, Matteo Salvini.
Massimo Adriatici, elected from La Ligue, former police commander, was placed under house arrest under judicial control and the prosecution opened an investigation for a disproportionate act of defense, according to the Ansa agency, which quotes sources close to the investigation.
When contacted, the local police were not immediately reachable.
The victim, shot in the chest, is a 39-year-old Moroccan.
According to the local press, he was bothering a woman outside a bar in Voghera, near Padua, when the elected municipal official intervened.
After the latter called the police, the man allegedly started pushing him.
The chosen one, who was carrying a pistol, claims that a shot went off as he fell to the ground.
For Matteo Salvini, former Minister of the Interior, Mr. Adriatici was "the victim of aggression" and acted "in self-defense".
"As if we were in the Wild West"
"He accidentally replied with a shot which unfortunately killed a foreign national," he said in a video posted on his Facebook page. This video, entitled "no" far-west ": the hypothesis of self-defense is gaining ground", responded to its political opponents, such as the member of the 5 Star Movement Valentina Barzotti who declared: "It is unacceptable that an unarmed man could lose his life because of a shot fired in the public square, as if we were in the Wild West ”. Senator of the Democratic Party (center-left) Alan Ferrari, elected from the region, also immediately urged Matteo Salvini to condemn the facts. "In a civilized and democratic country, an assistant does not shoot a person," he said.
In 2018, in an interview with the Italian newspaper the Provincia Pavese, Massimo Adriatici had declared, on the subject of firearms, that their use "must be justified by a real danger, for the person who uses it, for his property or those of others.
But that doesn't mean taking justice into your own hands.
(...) The shot must be the last resort, the last chance to be put in place if there are no others ”
On Tuesday evening, more shots were fired in Italy: 10 people were injured after a man opened fire at a club in Puglia.