6 feb. 2015

Shocking moment cop is executed by teenager simply to steal his gun: MailOnline spends night with Venezuelan police on some of the world's most dangerous streets -

By Girish Gupta In Caracas, Venezuela and Laurie Hanna For Mailonline 

As he patiently waits to buy his breakfast, policeman Álvaro Blanco is unaware that he is just moments from death.
These shocking images reveal the execution of the 49-year-old in a bakery by a teenager who then stole his gun.

The CCTV footage of the killing reveals the brutal reality of life in Venezuela, where police officers are now being murdered at a rate of more than one per day.


Execution: As he places his order for breakfast in the bakery, policeman Álvaro Blanco is unaware that the killer is silently creeping up behind him

Execution: As he places his order for breakfast in the bakery, policeman Álvaro Blanco is unaware that the killer is silently creeping up behind him

Aftermath: The body of Álvaro Blanco lies motionless on the floor of the bakery following the shooting. His murderer was later killed following a shootout with police

The policeman, and married father-of-two, is seen entering the bakery, and chatting to staff behind the counter as he places his order and other customers mill around.

Suddenly, the teenager - wearing a hoodie and carrying a backpack - enters the shop as he calmly pulls out his gun and fires one shot into the back of the Blanco's head from close range.

As panicked onlookers run for their lives, the teen then swiftly removes the policeman's 9mm Glock pistol from his holster and flees.

The execution took place on January 10 in the town of Tacata, approximately one hour south of the country's capital, Caracas. 

Local media reported that the shooter and an accomplice were later killed after a shootout with police. 
MailOnline spent a night on patrol with brave police in the notorious Petare, one of the world's most dangerous slums, who told us of the fears they face every day when they go to work.

'The fashion now is to kill police officers for our weapons,' said Manuel Ángel, a 43-year old with a wife and 10-year-old son who has worked as a cop for 19 years. 'I've seen officers killed. They are my partners, my friends.'
Policing Caracas' slums is one of the world's most dangerous jobs - and also one of its lowest paid. 

The cops earn under the equivalent of less than twenty pounds a month, thanks to the country's tanking economy.