'If they shoot at me, I shoot them back,' Aldo Rico
Military and former San Miguel district’s head, Aldo Rico, came out to face the media after being part of a shooting on Saturday night when he resisted a robbery attempt in Western Greater Buenos Aires district of Moreno.
The Malvinas war veteran, who obtained the medical leave late on Sunday, indicated that “everything happened in a few seconds. I was with my wife and son on my Toyota Hilux truck when two vehicles blocked our way”, and added, “Then one criminal got off a vehicle and started shooting at us. They were at lest four or five criminals.”
Police authorities revealed that Rico's truck received 20 fire arm shots.
Asked about his reaction and the dangerous situation his family was put under (Rico resisted the failed robbery attempt with a 9mm pistol), the former Lieutenant Colonel said “If they shoot at me, I shoot them back, plus I did not put my family in danger, it were the criminals who did it. Anyway, they were no good as thieves; otherwise they wouldn’t have given me any chance to defend myself and may family.”
Likewise, Rico aimed to the government and stated that “cases like mine are the result of the insecurity wave we are experiencing. I was attacked and I decided to defend myself. Now it seems that to be liberal and a supporter of the Human Rights, one must let criminals rob, kill, and rape.”
Asked if the 30-year old man that showed up at a Greater Buenos Aires hospital with a fire gun wound that later died could be part of the gang that attacked him, Rico said “I have no clue, that’s something the Justice must find out. Look, I ended with three shots myself, so chances are that I could have probably shot some of them too.”
The former mayor of San Miguel had been hospitalized shortly after 10pm on Saturday at the Moreno’s hospital but early on Sunday he was taken to San Miguel’s Lacarde Hospital. Rico was treated and detected with a firegun wound in his right shoulder -without bone involvement- a scalp wound, which did not affect the cranial zone according to a computed tomography evaluation.
Rico gained national fame for his lead-role in the military uprising episodes of 1987 and 1988, where certain armed sectors known as carapintadas ("painted faces", due to their usage of camouflage painting), revolted to protest the policies of President Raúl Ricardo Alfonsín.
Rico later created the right-wing MODIN (Movement for the National Dignity) political party. He was elected mayor of San Miguel (1997–2003), and was BA province Minister of Police for a short period in 1999.