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Peru's police officers stand guard at the emergency hospital Casimiro Ulloa where former Peruvian President Alan Garcia was taken after he shot himsel

Peru's police officers stand guard at the emergency hospital Casimiro Ulloa where former Peruvian President Alan Garcia was taken after he shot himsel

FILE - In this July 11, 2011 file photo, Peru's outgoing President Alan Garcia, left, ride the soon to be inaugurated Line 1 electrical train system i

FILE - In this July 11, 2011 file photo, Peru's outgoing President Alan Garcia, left, ride the soon to be inaugurated Line 1 electrical train system i

Supporters of former Peruvian President Alan Garcia gather outside the hospital where Garcia was taken after he shot himself, in Lima, Peru, Wednesday

Supporters of former Peruvian President Alan Garcia gather outside the hospital where Garcia was taken after he shot himself, in Lima, Peru, Wednesday

Health Minister Zulema Tomas speaks at a news conference at the Casimiro Ulloa hospital where former Peruvian President Alan Garcia was taken after he

Health Minister Zulema Tomas speaks at a news conference at the Casimiro Ulloa hospital where former Peruvian President Alan Garcia was taken after he

Police officers stand guard at the emergency entrance of the Casimiro Ulloa hospital where former Peruvian President Alan Garcia was taken after he sh

Police officers stand guard at the emergency entrance of the Casimiro Ulloa hospital where former Peruvian President Alan Garcia was taken after he sh

Health Minister Zulema Tomas, center, speaks at a news conference at the Casimiro Ulloa hospital where former Peruvian President Alan Garcia was taken

Health Minister Zulema Tomas, center, speaks at a news conference at the Casimiro Ulloa hospital where former Peruvian President Alan Garcia was taken

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The Latest on former Peruvian President Alan García (all times local):

10:40 a.m.

Officials say former Peruvian President Alan García is dead after shooting himself in the head as police came to detain him in connection with a corruption probe.

Current President Martinez Vizcarra said the 69-year-old head of state died Wednesday after undergoing emergency surgery at the José Casimiro Ulloa Hospital in Peru's capital.

Garcia was a populist firebrand who twice ruled Peru and more recently was under investigation related to Latin America's largest graft probe.

Prosecutors said they believed the former president received more than $100,000 from Odebrecht, disguised as a payment to speak at a conference in Brazil.

Garcia professed his innocence and said he was being targeted politically.

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9 a.m.

Former Peruvian President Alan García underwent emergency surgery Wednesday after shooting himself in the head as police attempted to detain him amid corruption allegations in Latin America's largest graft probe.

Health Minister Zulema Tomás said doctors provided cardiac resuscitation three times and were proceeding to operate on the 69-year-old former head of state at the José Casimiro Ulloa Hospital in Peru's capital city of Lima.

"The situation is very critical," Tomás said. "It's grave."

Local television program 'Hablemos Claro' reported that when police arrived to García's residence to arrest him, the ex-president shut himself in his room and attempted to take his life.