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U.S. Teen Confesses in Rome Police Killing, Italian Police Say

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A man who was allegedly questioned in the case of a slain Carabinieri policeman is seen on a Carabinieri car in Rome July 27.

A man who was allegedly questioned in the case of a slain Carabinieri policeman is seen on a Carabinieri car in Rome July 27.

Photographer: Andrew Medichini/AP

It began Thursday night with a deal gone wrong near the bars and restaurants of Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood: What was sold as illicit drugs turned out to be crushed up aspirin, according to Italian news reports.

It ended in the early hours of Friday, across town near the Vatican, as a bungled attempt by the buyers to extract what they’d paid for ended with a Carabinieri police officer dead from eight stab wounds, one to his heart.