Police Shoot and Gravely Injure Protester in Bogota

An 18-year-old protester was shot in the head with a non-lethal projectile by police and severely injured in central Bogota, Colombia, on Saturday, November 23, according to local reports.

The young man was identified as Dylan Cruz in a tweet from Colombian President Ivan Duque, who offered regrets and solidarity to the man’s family and said he had ordered an “urgent investigation” into the incident.

Bogota Mayor Enrique Penalosa expressed similar condolences and confirmed that an investigation was opened by the attorney general during a press conference on Sunday.

A report from Colombian outlet Portafolio said Cruz was in critical condition at Hospital San Ignacio.

Another report said he was in an induced coma at the time of writing.

This video, filmed by local journalist Mauricio Vanegas, shows the moment the police fired the shot. Cruz is then seen lying on the ground clutching his head while medics and bystanders rush over and call for an ambulance.

Other video from the scene shows medics performing CPR on Cruz in the street.

Videos from various angles shared widely on social media show the lead-up to the incident and the moment Cruz falls to the ground after being shot. In these videos, Cruz can be seen picking up a tear gas canister and throwing it in the direction of the police before being shot. See here, here, and here.

The incident sparked outrage in Colombia, and hundreds of people attended a vigil for Cruz at the scene of the shooting on Saturday evening.

Cruz succumbed to his injuries and died in hospital on November 25, according to reports.

President Duque expressed his regret and gave his condolences to Cruz’s family in a tweet on Monday night. Credit: Mauricio Vanegas via Storyful