Former president of Peru, Alan Garcia, has reportedly shot himself in the head moments before he was arrested in his house.
Police broke-in through the front door to seize the 69-year-old who is facing trial over alleged money laundering. He has however been rushed to Casimiro Ulloa hospital in Lima after putting a bullet in his skull.
The ex-premier’s lawyer, Erasmo Reyna, has confirmed the shooting and described his client’s condition as ‘delicate’.
He said: “Right now he’s being operated on. Let’s pray to God to give him strength.”
Peru’s Health Ministry said Garcia was sent to Jose Casimiro Ulloa Hospital at 6.45am local time for a bullet wound to the head.
“At this moment, the patient has been in an operating room at said hospital since 7.10am,” the ministry said.