Cop shoots dead own daughter, 6, after firing gun during boozy row to try and scare his wife

A COP shot dead his six-year-old daughter after firing a gun during a boozy row to try and scare his wife.

Juan Ramon Herrera, 34, was arrested following the incident at his home in the town of Virrey del Pino in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, yesterday.

According to police, Herrera had been consuming alcoholic drinks inside the property, where he lived with his daughter Victoria and his 29-year-old wife Natalia Analia Bergamaschi.

It is believed an argument broke out between the couple and Herrera reportedly grabbed his work gun, firing a shot at the ground to intimidate his wife.

But the bullet bounced off the floor and hit his daughter Victoria in the abdomen, police said.

The girl was taken to the local Domingo Roca Health Centre, but by the time she arrived, she had succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead, Diario Hoy reports.

Herrera, who is believed to have been drunk at the time of the incident, has been arrested for homicide and suspended from work.

The cop, from the city of Salta in north-western Argentina, has since said that he never intended to harm his daughter.

There had been no previous complaints of violence against him.

Herrera married Ms Bergamaschi in 2016 and regularly posted photos of his daughter on social media.

A 2015 Facebook post showed a tattoo on his back of his daughter's footprints with her name written above them.

Herrara's wife is also a cop and worked in the same force as her husband – but at a different police station.

It is not clear if Ms Bergamaschi was Victoria's biological mum.

According to reports, she has two other daughters from a previous relationship.

The case is being investigated.

How you can get help

Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Always keep your phone nearby.
  • Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
  • Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
  • If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.

If you are a ­victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support ­service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]

Women’s Aid provides a live chat service – available every day from 10am-6pm.

You can also call the freephone 24-hour ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

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