Shocking video captured the moment an Argentinian police inspector was stabbed to death by an emotionally disturbed man who pulled out a knife in front of stunned customers at a café along a busy street in Buenos Aires.
The attacker — identified as 51-year-old Rodrigo Facundo Roza – “was talking to God” about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday as he walked in the capital city’s Palermo neighborhood, where he was accosted by several police officers, Newsflare reported.
Several people seated outside are seen scrambling to get away from the assailant before the fatal encounter outside the Museum of Latin American Art.
“There was this guy who seemed to me drugged or mentally ill. He made gestures as if he were talking to God, a total whacko,” one local told TN television, according to the Buenos Aires Times.
“When the police approached to remove him from the scene, he pulled out a knife saying, ‘Which one of you am I going to take out first?’ — hurling himself at a policeman who fired two shots into the ground to stop him but the guy stabbed him,” he said.
Inspector Juan Pablo Roldán, 33, head of the Mounted Police Unit, managed to shoot the attacker three times in the leg but was stabbed four times — with the knife penetrating his heart even though he was wearing a bulletproof vest, the news outlet reported.
Roldán, a father of a 3-year-old boy, was rushed to the nearby Mater Dei hospital, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later. The assailant was taken to the Fernández Hospital, where he underwent surgery.
Security Minister Sabina Frederic paid tribute to the fallen officer.
“My deepest condolences to the loved ones and colleagues of Federal Police Inspector Juan Pablo Roldán at this difficult time. We highlight his dedication and commitment to taking care of us,” he said.