On Friday night, Federico Gastón Orihuela was shot to death after a police chase that lasted 20 kilometers. Police shot him until the driver collided with another vehicle and died. The incident is being investigated as a “trigger-happy” case.
The man was from La Rioja and was 37 years old. While traveling on provincial route 510, near the town of San Agustín del Valle Fértil, province of San Juan, in a Mercedes Benz OH 1518, he evaded a police checkpoint and fled.
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Given this situation, three police officers aboard a patrol car began the chase and then other motives joined in. One of them, Ricardo Rodríguez, fired a warning shot with an AT weapon.
Rodríguez fired multiple shots with his service weapon at the side and front of the truck, until the magazine was empty. In total, 16 shots were counted, of which 5 hit his body.
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The farewell to his loved ones on social networks
Federico Gastón Orihuela, 37 years old, was in Valle Fértil because he had gone to spend a few days with friends, but at the time of the incident he was alone.
His partner, Fiamma Ruartez, fired him on his personal Facebook account. There she wrote: “We are going to do justice, my love, I promise you.” In another post, he added: “I'm still waiting for your 'good morning beautiful'.”
Federico Orihuela's partner fired him on social networks. (Photo: Facebook Capture / Fiamma Ruartez)
For his part, Cristian Arrieta, Federico's relative, shared an emotional letter in which he denounced that “all the police officials, instead of trying to stop this madness, act with sanity, preparation and professionalism, chose to remain silent and participate in a hunt. human against Fede.”
Arrieta is godfather to Jonas, Orihuela's son. On his Facebook account, he wrote: “Today everyone wants to know about Fede, but I want to talk to them about Jonás… his little son, my nephew, my godson, a piece of my heart.”
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“He talked to his dad on cell phone when he was on a trip in the truck. When Fede returned from a trip, Jonas hoped that his father would look for him to share many afternoons… the ones they both could… when they could or wanted to,” he added.
Cristian Arrieta fired Federico Orihuela on social networks (Photo: Facebook Capture / Cristian Arrieta)
In his statement, he denounced the actions of the police officers: “Jonas no longer has Fede, his father, because some murderers shot him down, massacred him and acted with a viciousness never before seen in San Juan.”
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Orihuela's relatives demand justice: “We are going to go within the framework of the law to the last consequences so that justice is done. Until everyone, absolutely everyone who contributed with actions or omissions, pays for this savagery they did, leaving Jonas without his Dad, unjustly and brutally.
A colleague of the truck driver accompanied his farewell words and added: “We are going to accompany Jonas to ask for justice for his father, for my friend, for my neighbor, for my truck partner… justice for Federico.”
Those close to Federico Orihuela fired him on social networks. (Photo: Facebook Capture / Roberto Carlos Avila)