Costa Rican prosecutor Hans de la O Solís died early Thursday morning after being shot at his home in the southern part of the capital, San José.
Costa Rica’s Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) confirmed that de la O, 49, was arriving at his home in El Jardín, Desamparados at 12:10 am Thursday morning when he was shot in the left cheek, forehead, left arm and shoulder. He was taken to the Hospital San Juan de Dios in San José but died at 4:10 am.
Chief Prosecutor Emilia Navas responded energetically to the shooting via Twitter.
“We offer our sincere condolences to the prosecutor’s family,” she wrote. “A thorough investigation is essential to determine whether the act was related to the prosecutor’s work. We will not allow the Public Ministry to be weakened by acts that intimidate officials who are fulfilling their duties.
“Within our legal framework and with full respect for rights, but with all the tools at the disposal of our judicial system, we will solve this case to demonstrate that our justice system cannot be touched,” Navas continued.
According to the daily La Nación, de la O worked in Heredia as a “fiscal de flagrancia,” a prosecutor in a relatively new court system that handles cases were a perpetrator is caught while committing a crime, en flagrante delicto.
He was arriving home after leaving work at 11 pm, a standard quitting time for that branch of the judicial system, the daily reported.
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