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Pakistan detains an American in shootings

A crowd gathers where a U.S. consular employee shot and killed two gunmen as they approached his vehicle in a congested street Thursday, police said.

Associated Press

A crowd gathers where a U.S. consular employee shot and killed two gunmen as they approached his vehicle in a congested street Thursday, police said.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — An American official shot and killed two men on a motorcycle who apparently threatened to rob him at gunpoint while he was driving his car in the city of Lahore on Thursday, according to senior police officials there.

Umar Saeed, a police officer who oversees the teeming district where the incident took place, said two Pakistani men on a motorbike approached the U.S. official's Honda sedan and that the American had apparently shot them in self-defense. Another police official said the two men were carrying pistols.

Saeed said another U.S. vehicle was traveling with the sedan and that the American fled in that car. As it sped away, it hit a bystander, killing him, Saeed said. The American involved in the shootout was in custody while police were investigating the incident, Saeed said.

Lahore police Chief Aslam Tareen said the American may be charged with both murder and illegally carrying a weapon. The American shot both men after they pointed guns at him at an intersection, Tareen said.

Police Officer Atif Meraj later said that a murder case was officially registered against the American, and another case was registered against two other Americans for killing the bystander.

The New York Times identified the U.S. official as Raymond Davis. It said the U.S. Consulate in Lahore described Davis as an employee, but did not specify his position. Pakistani police officers said he was a "security official."

Alberto Rodriguez, a spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, said U.S. officials were still trying to determine what happened and whether other American officials were involved. Rodriguez said he did not know whether the detained American has diplomatic immunity.

Lahore, a city of 12 million, has a small U.S. diplomatic mission there.

This report contains information from the Associated Press and the Washington Post.

Pakistan detains an American in shootings 01/27/11 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 1:17pm]

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