Venezuelan policemen killed in operation to catch helicopter attack organizer

Venezuelan police surround fugitive chopper attack pilot

Venezuelan police surround fugitive chopper attack pilot

Venezuela's most wanted man, a rogue police officer who stole a helicopter and tried to launch an uprising against President Maduro, has been captured after a shoot-out with troops loyal to the government.

"We want to congratulate the performance of all the police and military officials who participated in the operations to neutralize this terrorist group", added the ministry communique.

Oscar Pérez led a group of rebels of the Venezuelan armed forces since a year ago, when he flew over Caracas in a helicopter of the Bolivarian police intelligence (SEBIN) firing on the interior ministry and the supreme court of justice.

Media reports claim that five members of the group were detained and others were killed with no information on the fate of Perez.

Oscar Pérez led a group of rebels of the Venezuelan armed forces since previous year, when he flew over Caracas in a helicopter of the Bolivarian police intelligence (SEBIN) firing on the interior minist According to residents of the area, shots were heard until after noon, but the area is still fenced and it is not known what happened to the surviving rebels.

Venezuelan authorities have confirmed that the group responsible for an armed attack on several government buildings in 2017 has been "dismantled after a confrontation with the security forces".

Perez led a July attack with a stolen police helicopter lobbing grenades at the Supreme Court and Interior Ministry in Caracas. He said they did not want to fight.

In another video on Monday, he told followers in Spanish that he and his team were trying to negotiate with officials. "Now only you have power so that we can all be free", he said in an earlier video, staring into the camera and telling his children he loves them and hopes to see them again.

He said they were being besieged by snipers.

"We're going to turn ourselves in", Perez shouts.

"What a coward now that he has been caught like a rat".

'Where is the courage he had to attack military units, kill and injure officials and steal weapons?'

"They are throwing grenade after grenade", Perez said.

In addition to being a trained officer, Perez is an actor, pilot and dog trainer.

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