Off-Duty Cop And Fugitive Shot In John Wayne-Style Duel

Story By: Ana Lacasa, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News

Video Credit: CEN/@CharlieGonza07

This is the moment an off-duty cop shoots a jailbreaker trying to rob a petrol station shoot each other in a John Wayne-style showdown.

The cowboy and western movie-style duel was recorded by a CCTV camera in a petrol station in the city of Ciudad Evita, in the province of Buenos Aires in eastern Argentina.

In the video, off-duty police officer Osvaldo Ramon Lamboglia, 54, can be seen sitting in the office of the petrol station with his son Nahuel Spera, 28, who works there.

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Picture Credits: CEN & CEN/@CharlieGonza07

Suddenly an armed thief walks into the office and Spera gets to his feet as the man appears to point at a till.

The trio begin talking when Lamboglia gets to his feet and pulls out his police-issued pistol.

The cop and the criminal appear to open fire at the same time and Lamboglia crashes to the ground as the thief runs away.

Spera then grabs his dad’s gun and starts to chase after the thief but his wounded dad appears to grab his leg to stop his son from leaving.

Local media report the thief, named as Claudio Jorge Silva Villafane, 45, managed to run around 20 metres away before collapsing onto the ground and dying of a gunshot wound to the chest.

Lamboglia was taken to the Alberto Balestrini, where he was treated for gunshot wounds to his groin, backside and knee.

Reports state he underwent emergency surgery as he suffered damage to his internal organs and he remains in the intensive care unit.

Villafane was sentenced to 23 years in prison September 2009 after being found guilty of kidnapping businessman Cayetano De Pascale, 59, and demanding a 400,000-ARS (7,049-GBP) ransom, 150,000 ARS (2,643 GBP) of which was paid and the hostage released.

Villafane is said to have broken out of Unidad 15 of Rio de Gallegos prison after carrying out some work on the prison garden last year.

The investigation into the case is ongoing.

Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.

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