The man who killed Officer Zalazar admitted to shooting, but said he believed it was “someone else.”

Oscar Gustavo Valdez, the 29-year-old man who murdered the Buenos Aires City Police officer, Maribel Nelida Zalazar, admitted this Thursday, February 16, to having fired the shots against her, but affirmed that he thought he was doing it against “another person“.

Before the investigating judge Martín Peluso, the defendant uttered only one sentence, enigmatic, and refused to answer questions. There, the defendant acknowledged having fired the weapon “but he says he believed that the victim was someone else”, judicial sources revealed to N/A.

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When the judge and the prosecutor Romina Monteleone tried to delve into what that expression meant, Valdez, assisted by the official defender Ricardo De Lorenzo, announced that he would not answer questions, for which reason the record was drawn up and the investigation was concluded.

Valdez was arrested after he ran out of the station after firing the shots.

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Now, Judge Pelusso has ten business days to resolve his procedural situation and the legal classification of the crime that will be charged: simple homicide or aggravated homicide.

The investigation is now oriented to determine if there was mobile for crime or if it is a assault “on the fly”question that remained unanswered after the investigation this Thursday.

The court has confirmed the perpetrator of the act, so the file is headed for rapid processing, regardless of the fact that the reasons why the defendant acted in this way on the C subway line in Retiro have not yet been established, while the officer assisted him because he had said that he felt bad.

Maribel Nelida Zalazar
Maribel Nelida Zalazar.

Although Valdez does not record a medical history that suggests that he is not criminally responsible, the investigators were struck by the reaction he had both at the time of the incident and during his arrest. “Steps Away From The Ordinary” indicated

According to the results of the autopsy, the man, a Paraguayan national, took Zalazar’s service weapon and shot the uniformed woman in the neck area. This “generated an entry hole in the anterior cervical, crossed the thorax, injured the right lung and affected the subclavian artery causing cardiorespiratory arrest due to loss of blood.”

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The path of the bullet caused “internal bleeding” and then exited through the area of ​​the back.

After the fact, Valdez ran out of the station, but was detained at the door of the Sheraton Hotel by members of the Buenos Aires City Police.

Maribel Nélida Zalazar was the mother of two children, ages 5 and 13. She was in a relationship, she lived in the Buenos Aires town of Glew and worked in the Subway Lines C, D, E and H Division of the City Police.


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