The Inpec dragooner who was murdered in Cúcuta was identified as Carlos Andrés Sandoval Ortiz. The murder took place on Wednesday, January 31, when hitmen attacked the dragoneante from the National Penitentiary and Prison Institute of Colombia (Inpec) in the Motilones neighborhood of the northern Santander capital. The victim was chatting with his loved ones when the crime was perpetrated.
The director of Inpec, Colonel (r) Daniel Gutiérrez, expressed regret and condemnation for the murder of Carlos Andrés Sandoval Ortiz. He also extended a message of solidarity to the official’s relatives. The Inpec statement also condemned the acts of violence against prison officials and called for swift investigations into the murders.
According to preliminary information, Sandoval Ortiz was chatting with his family and friends when a hitman arrived at the scene and opened fire against him. Despite being taken to a healthcare center, he succumbed to his injuries. The Police’s initial investigations revealed that the dragoneer’s relatives were unaware of any threats or intimidation against him.
This is not the first time that Inpec officials have been targeted. In August of last year, another Custody Corps official was murdered, prompting condemnation from the Minister of Justice, Néstor Osuna. The Inpec server was murdered as he was leaving his work shift in the prison in the capital of Cesar. The penitentiary entity confirmed the crime and expressed its solidarity with the family through social networks.
The new homicide in Cúcuta also comes amidst alleged threats from the Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AGC) or Clan del Golfo to the guardians and leaders of patios in the Modelo prison in Bucaramanga, through pamphlets that became known at the beginning of this month. The Inpec has called for authorities to intervene and take necessary actions to identify those responsible for the murders.
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