Four arrested over death of British businessman in Argentina
Matthew Gibbard was shot dead by a robbery gang outside a luxury hotel in Buenos Aires on Saturday.
Four people have been arrested over the death of a British businessman who was shot while on holiday in Argentina.
Deputy chief of government of Buenos Aires Diego Santilli said police had carried out 18 raids as part of the investigation into the death of Matthew Gibbard.
The 50-year-old and his stepson, Stefan Zone, 28, were targeted by a robbery gang outside their luxury hotel on Saturday morning.
Mr Gibbard was reportedly shot in the chest, while Mr Zone is recovering in hospital after being shot in the leg.
The politician denounced the killing, saying on Twitter: “What happened on Saturday was an atrocious event and these criminals are murderers. My sincerest condolences to the family of Matthew Charles Gibbard.”
— Diego Santilli (@diegosantilli) December 16, 2019
Esta mañana con @SabinaFrederic y @MarceDaless anunciamos que la @Policia_ciudad realizó 18 allananientos en la Provincia de Buenos Aires y detuvo a 4 delincuentes vinculados al asesinato del turista inglés en Puerto Madero. pic.twitter.com/3GEIlNeQsu
Officials said the holidaymakers were shot as they tried to resist attempts to steal their belongings.
Footage shows a struggle outside the Faena Art Hotel before the suspects flee the scene on a motorcycle, leaving one man lying in the street.
Mr Gibbard was a director of Northamptonshire firm Tingdene, a company that makes holiday homes and lodges.
Fellow manufacturer Omar Park Homes posted a message on Twitter offering “heartfelt condolences” to Tingdene staff.
It said: “Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family, friends and all those at Tingdene for the loss of Matthew Gibbard at this incredibly sad time. We also wish Matthew’s stepson Stefan a fast recovery. Our thoughts are with you.”
— Omar Park Homes (@omarparkhomes) December 16, 2019
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family, friends and all those at Tingdene for the loss of Matthew Gibbard at this incredibly sad time. We also wish Matthew’s stepson Stefan a fast recovery. Our thoughts are with you. pic.twitter.com/Ug1FCqr0oV
Local media reports said police believe the motorbike robbers were supported by accomplices in a vehicle and are investigating whether the victims were followed to the hotel from the airport.