July 2, 1995, in an area near Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
After Vásquez allegedly asked the officer to explain why the accident occurred and told the cameraman to film him wielding his gun, the officer shot Vásquez twice without warning. He also shot and wounded Peña, who was trying to help the fallen Vásquez. The officer then tried to shoot the cameraman who was filming the exchange. The three journalists had been traveling in a jeep belonging to a television station, and the vehicle was clearly marked with the station's logo. The officer, who was subsequently dismissed from his job, was arrested and at year's end was in prison awaiting trial on charges of murder.
Job: Print Reporter
Beats Covered: Culture, Sports
Local or Foreign: Local
Type of Death: Murder
Suspected Source of Fire: Military Officials
Taken Captive: No