Shocking moment when farmer falls at a police officer with a machete before being shot in Colombia
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- A police officer in Tolima, Colombia, was seen on video recording a farmer trying to hit him with a machete
- The incident took place on a farm where police were called to evict Guillermo López, who allegedly raided Councilman Wilson Pérez’s farm.
- López reclaimed the farmland owned by the Pérez family and used it to house his livestock
- López was rushed to a local hospital for treatment of his non-life-threatening injuries, but he was released.
This is the shocking moment when a police officer was forced to use his service weapon and shoot a farmer who tried to attack him with a machete in Colombia.
According to Colombian radio station Caracol Radio, the incident unfolded after agents in the center-western department of Tolima were summoned last week to expel Guillermo López and four other people from a farm.
Despite repeated pleas from Councilman Wilson Pérez and his family, López had refused to remove his livestock from farmland bought by the politician’s sister a year ago.
A police officer in Tolima, Colombia, points his service weapon at local farmer Guillermo López who refused to remove his livestock from a farm sold to the family of Councilman Wilson Pérez a year ago. The politician went with the police to enforce an eviction notice from a local judge, but López allegedly assaulted him before jumping at a cop and eventually being shot in the leg. He and four other farmers were arrested but released
A police officer stands next to Guillermo López right after he shot him while defending himself from a machete attack
López was reportedly part of a group of workers who had worked on the farm by the previous owners and did not allow workers at Pérez’s farm to enter the estate.
A court order obtained by Pérez called on López to remove all his livestock from the farm.
Pérez appeared on the farm with members of the Herveo police force to evict López, but was hit by the farmer wielding a machete.
The footage shows a police officer restraining an unknown farmer, while a cop tries to get López to voluntarily place the machete on the ground.
A police officer in Tolima, Colombia, stops a farmer (left) while Guillermo López (center left) tries to assault a cop who was trying to get him to voluntarily leave a farm he used illegally to house his livestock
Still image from a video shows the moment when a police officer (right) points his weapon at Guillermo López before shooting him in the leg
The officer fired a shot and initially missed, but hit López’s leg the moment he attacked him with the sharp weapon.
López was taken to a local hospital and treated for his non-life-threatening injury.
He and the other workers were arrested, but a local judge ordered their release after their detention was lifted.
Pérez told online portal Tolima warning that his family owns several other farms in the area and now fears for their safety.
“I hold Mr. Guillermo López responsible if anything happens to me,” said the councilor.