Man held for “mistakenly shooting and killing taxi driver” in Monchique

Police have arrested the alleged shotgun killer of a septuagenarian taxi driver who was apparently “killed by mistake” in front of the ‘A Fonte’ café last night (July 11) in Monchique.

The shooter is described as a 48-year-old man who worked at Monchique town hall.

According to Correio da Manhã tabloid, he was drunk when he drove to the café to kill the owner, whom he believed was having an affair with his partner.

But he mistakenly fired against the taxi driver, who was at the entrance of the café along with several other people, at around 10.30pm.

A PJ police source told Lusa news agency that the shooter tried to help the taxi driver after shooting him, and was held by citizens until police arrived.

Emergency services tried reviving the victim but his death was declared shortly after. Sulinformação website describes him only as “mister Pacheco, a man in his 70s that was beloved” by the local community.

PJ police are investigating while the shooter, who Sulinformação says has a “history of domestic violence,” is due to be heard in court.

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