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Description

Born in: Madrid
Age: 23
Offspring: 0
Marital status: Single
Job: Inspector of the National Police Superior Corps in the Central Information Brigade
Date of the attack: 16/06/1981
Place of the attack: Zarautz
Guilties: Juan María Tapia Irujo
Weapon: Pistola
Killed by: ETA

Description

Inspector María José García Sánchez was taking part in an anti-terrorist operation along with several other members of the Central Information Brigade. They had located an apartment in the Vista Alegre housing estate, where members of ETA were believed to be hiding. After readying themselves for some time, the police forced open the main door of the apartment building. While one group took the lift to the sixth floor, where they believed the terrorists might have taken refuge, another remained at the main doorway to cover a possible escape. María José García was among the second group. However, the ETA members had been alerted to the movements of the police and were already making their way out. María José García started to climb the stairs. On reaching a landing between the ground and first floors, she ran into the terrorists, who shot and mortally wounded her. They also threw two grenades and a fierce gunfight ensued. After smashing the lock on the door of one of the first-floor apartments, they jumped out of the window of one of the rooms and escaped.