Two 19-year-old American tourists have confessed to killing an Italian policeman in central Rome early Friday.
Carabinieri paramilitary officer Mario Cerciello Rega was stabbed eight times at around 3 a.m. while investigating a reported robbery in Rome’s Prati neighborhood, according to Italian state media.
Rega was responding to the meet-up spot where two alleged thieves, later identified as 19-year-old men from the U.S. They allegedly returning a bag and phone they had earlier stolen from a drug dealer and hoping to collect $112 from the dealer.
After the theft, the victim called the police and told them he’d arranged a meeting with the robbers to retrieve his belongings. Once Rega and another plainclothes officer arrived at that location, a fight broke out and Rega was fatally stabbed.