Two Killed by Dominican Police

SANTO DOMINGO – Two people were killed and six others wounded when police opened fire on a crowd that gathered as they were trying to arrest a suspected drug dealer, Dominican authorities said Thursday.

The incident took place Wednesday night in San Francisco, a town 120 kilometers (75 miles) southwest of the Dominican capital.

Agents of the DNCD counternarcotics bureau were in the process of arresting suspect Encarnacion Castillo when he attacked them with a machete, forcing the agents to respond with their guns, the National Police said in a preliminary report.

As the incident was unfolding, “a crowd that witnessed the event threw stones at the DNCD agents,” leaving them no choice but to shoot, according to the police report.

The wounded, including a 9-year-old boy, are being treated at a hospital in Azua.

Authorities are investigating the shooting, the National Police said. EFE

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