Haiti police investigating death of deputy

President Michel Martelly called for an investigation and sent his condolences to the family


Associated Press

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A Haitian police spokesman says detectives are investigating the fatal shooting of an opposition deputy after a pistol belonging to one of his body guard's fired off a round.

Frantz Lerebours of the Haitian National Police said Monday that the 9 millimeter accidentally went off and killed Dionald Polyte. The lawmaker was traveling to the Haitian capital in a car with two of his guards.

Polyte of the Unity party was recently elected to his post in a long, drawn-out election marred with violence and fraud. He represented the towns of Pestel and Beaumont in the far-western department of Grand-Anse.

President Michel Martelly called for an investigation and sent his condolences to the family.

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