Haiti police investigating death of deputy
President Michel Martelly called for an investigation and sent his condolences to the family
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.
Copyright 2011 Associated Press
Copyright Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.