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VATICAN CITY (AP) — A cadet in the Vatican police force was found fatally shot in the head early Monday inside the barracks in what officials said was an apparent suicide over a breakup with a girlfriend.
Benedetti joined the Vatican police corps as a cadet in April, the statement said. He had taken psychological tests and his behavior so far had not raised any worries, Lombardi said.
Cadets generally do not protect the pope himself — services reserved to more seasoned officers — but provide other law enforcement services around the Vatican, such as directing traffic and protecting entrances.