SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) – Former junior featherweight champion Agapito Sanchez died Tuesday from gunshot wounds during a fight outside his home.

The 35-year-old boxer died at a Santo Domingo hospital hours after surgery to remove two bullets from his stomach, cousin Antonio Sanchez said.

An officer in the Dominican air force shot Sanchez on Sunday night, police said.

A mob then chased and beat the officer, whom police identified as Sgt. Diogenes Nova Rosario. Nova was under guard at a military hospital, where he was treated for unspecified injuries, police said.

Police recovered a .38-caliber pistol they say was used to shoot Sanchez, Diaz said.

“Agapito didn’t deserve this,” said Ramon Sanchez, the boxer’s brother.

Sanchez had a 36-11-3 record as a pro. He vacated his junior featherweight title in 2002 after being diagnosed with cataracts. He lost a bid to regain the title in 2004 in a bout with Joan Guzman.

In his most recent fight, Sanchez defeated Edison Torres of Venezuela on Sept. 17 in Santo Domingo.

AP-ES-11-15-05 1651EST


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