In the early hours of 17 July, Bryan Murillo López died as a result of shots fired by members of the Nicaraguan National Police. Two of his relatives – his brother, Kener Murillo López, and his brother-in-law, Javier Cortez – also sustained serious injuries.
According to a police statement, the officers reportedly fired in self-defence. However, information analysed to date suggests that the police were carrying out an unlawful operation during which they used military-grade weapons. According to information received by Amnesty International, the victims, who were unarmed at the time of the shooting, belong to a family that has openly opposed the government of Daniel Ortega in the context of continuing political violence against those who disagree with the government.