Argentina Gov. Shot Dead, Cops Quiz Widow

Official calls it 'domestic accident'

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 2, 2012 3:06 AM CST | Updated Jan 2, 2012 4:44 AM CST

(Newser) – An Argentina governor was shot dead in the face, and police are questioning his widow. One government official referred to the death as a "domestic accident." Carlos Soria, 62, has just taken office as governor of Rio Negro, a life-long dream, 21 days ago, reports Reuters. He was a member of Argentina's governing Peronist party, and had been elected by a wide margin, notes the BBC. Emergency workers called to the house found him bleeding in bed and rushed him to a local hospital, where he was declared dead a short time later.

Susana Soria is followed by her husband Carlos Soria, governor of Rio Negro. Susana is being questioned after Soria, 62, who had just taken office on Dec. 9, was shot to death yesterday.   (AP Photo/Diario Rio Negro)
Carlos Soria, governor of the southern Argentine province of Rio Negro, talks to farmers in General Roca. Soria, 62, who had just taken office on Dec. 9, was shot to death yesterday.   (AP Photo/Telam)
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