Argentine Police Chief Kills Himself On Television


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From the BBC comes the story of an Argentine police chief who killed himself on live television as he was about to be arrested for alleged human rights abuses in the Dirty War of the Videla regime of the late ’70s and early ’80s.

A former police chief in Argentina, wanted for alleged crimes against human rights, has shot himself dead in front of television cameras.

Mario Ferreyra was giving an interview on top of a water tank at his home in the northern province of Tucuman.

Police were coming to arrest him when he killed himself.

Mr Ferreyra was wearing his customary black shirt and cowboy hat and told the interviewer that he was innocent and had not committed any crimes.

He then told his wife, Maria, that he would love her forever, pulled a pistol from his boot and shot himself behind the ear.

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