SANTIAGO – A service member assigned to the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti received a gunshot wound on Friday, the Chilean air force said.
The wounded man was identified as Max Wanner Espinoza, a physician attached to a helicopter squadron operating from a base near the Haitian capital.
The shooting took place around 12:10 a.m. and preliminary reports indicate the bullet was fired from outside the base.
“It’s not possible to make any conjecture,” Col. Luis Hernandez, an officer with Chile’s Armed Forces Joint Staff, told Bio Bio radio, adding that the military will release further details as they become available.
Ruling out the possibility of irregularities on the part of the Chilean contingent, he insisted that operations “are conducted in accord with protocols set by the United Nations.”
Wanner was initially brought to a hospital in Port-au-Prince, but subsequently airlifted to a facility in the neighboring Dominican Republic.