Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo teenage cousin has been shot dead while allegedly trying to rob an ex-cop at gunpoint. Geronimo Rojo, 17, died in hospital hours early this morning hours after reportedly trying to hold up the retired police officer with an accomplice who also lost his life.
The accomplice was named as Ivan Rodrigo Barbosa, 26. Both men are said to have targeted Raul Anibal Diaz, 50, around 10 pm yesterday night from a getaway motorbike outside a bank cash machine in the footballer’s native city of La Plata an hour’s drive south-east of the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires.
Local reports said the retired police officer identified himself before firing off several shots and fatally injuring the two men.
Barbosa died at the scene minutes after being shot. Rojo was rushed to San Martin Hospital with a bullet wound to his shoulder but lost his fight for life some seven hours later.
Respected La Plata newspaper Hoy, which identified the younger victim as Marcos Rojo’s cousin, published distressing pictures of the teenager and the dead man lying on the ground next to their motorbike.
The man thought to be the older of the two was lying face down in a pool of blood, the one believed to be the footballer’s relative was on his back with blood appearing to be streaming from an injury to his left shoulder and his face partially hidden under a baseball cap.
Police sources told the local press the pair had tried to rob a taxi driver who had managed to get away by accelerating before they targeted the ex-cop.
The violent shooting is being probed by state prosecutor Betina Lacki.
The retired police officer is said to have told investigators after being arrested as part of the ongoing investigation that the men he shot pointed guns at him and he reacted in self-defense with a .40 calibre pistol.
Source / Picture Credit: Mirror.co.uk
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