Two policemen and suspect die in robbery encounter

Two Fuerza Pública officers died Monday night when apparent home burglars ran them down to make a getaway.

Celso Gamboa, the vice minister of security, identified the men as Jesús Peraza Garro and Juan Carlos Jiménez Pérez. He called them heroes.

The deaths took place in Cariari de Pococi where one of the three suspects also died, said Gamboa via

Twitter. He and other top security officials were on the scene late last night.

Gamboa said that the officers were run over by criminals who had just robbed a house.

He said that police mounted strong efforts to find the killers. Shortly after 10 p.m. he reported that one suspect was in custody. At 11:14 p.m. he said a second suspect was in custody. Then at 11:30 p.m. he reported that a home had been located where the goods taken in the theft had been found.

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