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Peru's Ex-President Alan García Dies After Shooting Himself Before Arrest
Police officers stand guard outside the Casimiro Ulloa Emergency Hospital in Lima where Peruvian ex-president Alan Garcia was undergoing emergency surgery Wednesday. (LUKA GONZALES/AFP/Getty Images)

Peru's Ex-President Alan García Dies After Shooting Himself Before Arrest

By    |   Wednesday, 17 April 2019 12:08 PM

Peru's former president Alan Garcia died in a hospital in Lima Wednesday after shooting himself as police arrived at his house to arrest him in connection with a bribery probe, authorities said.

Garcia, who had repeatedly denied wrongdoing, was 69.

President Martin Vizcarra said on Twitter that he was "consternated" by Garcia's death, and sent his condolences to his family members.

A lawyer for former Peruvian President Alan García says the leader shot himself before being detained by police amid allegations he received illegal payment from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

Lawyer Erasmo Reyna confirmed the shooting on Wednesday to local television outlet N.

Odebrecht is at the center of Latin America's biggest corruption scandal after admitting in a 2016 plea agreement with the U.S. Justice Department that it paid corrupt officials across Latin America nearly $800 million in exchange for major infrastructure contracts.

Material from Reuters and The Associated Press was used to compile this report.

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