Haiti Senate: Senator who shot Associated Press photo-journalist said it's self defense

A Photo-journalist of the Associated Press caught a bullet in the face from Haitian senator Jean Marie Ralph Fethiere Monday, the senator is calling self defense.

Haiti Senator Ralph Fethiere with his gun shooting towards the crowd
Haiti Senator Ralph Fethiere with his gun shooting towards the crowd

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Senator Fethiere told the Miami Herald: "very aggressive protesters came close to me and did not hesitate to open my vehicle's door, even trying to get me out of it in a clear attempt to harm me."

"In this situation of utmost threat, following my survival instinct and in legitimate self-defense, I drew my firearm and fired into the air to disperse the crowd, to clear the track for me to leave the premises as quickly as possible"

The Senator said none of the attackers nearest to him were hit; however, one of the bullets caught photo journalist Dieu-Nallio Chery.

Haitian Creole: Men Zin... Senatè ki tire Jounalis la deklare legitime defense: "Mwen tire anlè pou m te chape poul mwen!"

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