Former Peru President, Alan García Shoots Himself to Avoid Arrest

Alan García

Alan García

Samuel Akpan

Former President of Peru, Alan García died on Wednesday after he shot himself when police arrived at his home to arrest him over bribery accusations.

Mr. Garcia, who served as president from 1985 to 1990 and from 2006 to 2011 is 69 years and was accused of taking bribes from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht but has however denied the claims.

According to the country’s Interior Minister, Carlos Morán who brief reporters about the death said when police arrived García’s home, he asked to make a phone call and went into a room and closed the door; minutes later, a shot rang out. When Police forced the door open, they found Mr García sitting on a chair with a bullet wound on his head.

According to Reuters, President Martin Vizcarra said on Twitter that he was “consternated” by Garcia’s death, and sent his condolences to his family members.

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