Police probe death of Tibetan villager, state media says

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  • The suspect was killed when an officer's gun apparently went off during a struggle
  • Rights' groups say he died when a police officer fired through the window
Authorities are investigating the death of a Tibetan villager fatally shot by police during their probe into an alleged theft at a construction site in China's northwest Gansu province, state media reported.
The suspect was killed when a police officer's gun apparently went off during a struggle as the villager reached for the weapon, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
Police, the agency reported, launched a probe into the apparent theft on January 9 and had followed "traces on the snow-covered ground to the house," where the shooting occurred.
The suspect later died at a nearby hospital, it reported. A police officer was also injured during the confrontation.
Rights' groups, such as the International Campaign for Tibet, say the man -- identified as Gurgo Tsering -- died when the police officer fired the gun through the window of the house during a night raid.
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The groups says another Tibetan, Gonpo Kyab, was also detained during the confrontation.
CNN cannot independently confirm that account.
The incident appears to be the latest in the Tibetan-populated area, where tensions between authorities and anti-government protesters have sparked recent demonstrations.