BUENOS AIRES – A 17-year-old girl died at a hospital in the northern Argentine province of Santiago del Estero on Tuesday after allegedly being shot in the head by a police officer who was arresting a robbery suspect last weekend, prosecutors said.
“They (police officers) had gone to the kid’s house. Apparently, they did not go inside because they did not have a search warrant, then, unexplainably, as they were taking the suspect to the truck a shot was heard and, according to what we understand, she was hit in the head,” prosecutor Luis de la Rua told Radio la Red.
The incident occurred on Sunday, when seven officers went to the house after getting a call that a robbery had occurred, the prosecutor said.
The officers arrested a suspect just meters from the house in which the teenager, who had not allowed them to enter without a warrant, lived.
The officers and their supervisor have been arrested, De la Rua said.
The suspect was related to the teenager, who was a mother of two.
Eyewitnesses said the officers requested permission to enter the house, saying that stolen property was inside.
The teenager, who was at home with her two sisters, refused to allow them to enter and the officers returned to their vehicle.
One of the officers got out of the vehicle and fired a shot, eyewitnesses said.
“They got into the SUV and the one who was driving gets out, and he starts insulting us, saying bad words. I told him not to say those things, I started pushing the cop and the young guy who fired the shot got out,” the victim’s sister told TN.
The unidentified victim died early Tuesday at Ramon Carrillo Regional Hospital.
The victim’s sister said the officer who fired the shot spoke to her before returning to the SUV, saying “take a good look at the one who killed your sister.”
The prosecutor’s office is awaiting the evidence gathered by investigators and autopsy results before proceeding with the case.
“We have to wait for the investigation by the Gendarmerie, which is involved ... We went ahead and arrested the seven officers plus the shift supervisor and samples were taken to see which one fired the shot,” De la Rua said.