Chile consul’s daughter killed by Venezuela police

Associated Press
3/17/2012

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The 19-year-old daughter of a Chilean diplomat in Venezuela has been killed by police at a road checkpoint.

Consul Fernando Berendique in the western city of Maracaibo says his daughter, Karen, was shot early Saturday while riding in a vehicle with her brother and another young man.

He says the trio ignored a command to stop by police at the checkpoint, fearing the officers might be robbers. Violent crime is widespread in Venezuela.

The Prosecutor General’s Office says in a statement that 11 police officers are under investigation for their roles in the death. It says the victim died after suffering three bullet wounds.

Judicial police chief Jose Humberto Ramirez condemns the shooting and what he calls “bad police practices.”

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