Monday, May 07, 2012


Argentine club Banfield are mourning the loss of one of their brightest young prospects, after learning that Lautaro Bugatto was shot dead outside his own home.

The 20-year-old left-back, who was on loan at Tristan Suarez, passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning after apparently finding himself in the middle of a police shootout which erupted outside his house in the neighbourhood of Burzaco, Buenos Aires.

An officer opened fire in an attempt to deter a robbery, and one of the bullets perforated Bugatto's lung, according to Perfil. The official is currently detained pending further investigation.

Banfield left a short message of condolence on their official website.

"We regret to inform that Lautaro Bugatto, a left-back who was on loan at Tristan Suarez, has passed away. Our deepest condolences," read the message.

Meanwhile, the agent and family of Bugatto have strongly criticised the police officer involved in the incident, stating that there was no reason for him to have used his firearm.

"There had not been any type of confrontation, just one policeman that wanted to avoid a robbery, he identified himself as a policeman and started to shoot, that ensured Lautaro would not be with us today," representative Adrian Romero said on Monday.

The youngster's aunt went even further in condemning the Buenos Aires police.

She said: "This was a murder committed by a member of the Buenos Aires police who, while off-duty, took out his gun and started to fire from one side to another, indiscriminately."

Justice Minister for Buenos Aires Province, Ricardo Casal, has also criticised the officer's use of his weapon, and admitted that he was "extremely concerned" by the death of the talented young footballer.

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