December 7, 2013
AFIP vehicle shot at in Entre Ríos
A car being driven by AFIP tax agency inspectors who were heading to the Entre Ríos town of Cólon was shot several times by a passing car close to Villa Elisa. The attacker was later released by the prosecutor.
The incident took place when the AFIP vehicle was shot 23 times by a man driving a high-end SUV who escaped after the attack.
The AFIP officials were returning from a series of inspections when they were suddenly attacked by the driver.
The agency explained that the workers saved their lives thanks to the paper-filled suitcases that had been placed in the back of the vehicle, which acted as shields after the bullets pierced the back of the SUV.
The attacker, who was caught with the help of footage from nearby security cameras, is suspected to be a farmer from Villa Elisa who was apparently “upset by the inspections conducted in town.”
Authorities believe he also feared he himself was going to undergo an inspection.
After notifying the police, authorities raided his home and discovered four loaded, high-powered rifles and traces of power in his car.
“Despite the evidence of his actions, prosecutor Juan Sebastián Blanc surprisingly released him since he claimed there was not enough evidence to order his arrest,” the AFIP said in a written statement.