la linea policeLA Linea stood still to mourn the death of Victor Sanchez who died while chasing a suspected tobacco smuggler.

Shocked residents of the town paid homage to the fallen officer, 46, who was hit by a police van involved in the same chase.

Mayor Juan Franco highlighted the recent events which have put the lives of several police officers at risk.

“We are witnessing dangerous situations that are becoming increasingly common and are putting at risk citizens’ lives, including those of the law enforcement agencies,” he said.

It’s believed that the incident started at the Rapid Response Unit of La Linea’s Policia Local, where officers tried to stop a moped rider suspected of involvement in tobacco smuggling.

The moped allegedly drove into the Reina Sofia park close to the border, pursued by a police van which accidentally hit the father of two.