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Elci's death on Saturday and said the attack showed that Turkey was right to pursue its fight against terrorism.
Elci, an outspoken activist who has argued many cases before the European Court of Human Rights, was arrested last month after being charged with terrorist propaganda for saying during a live news program that the P.K.K was not a terrorist organization.
Elci had been released from detention, pending the opening of this trial.
Elci said that he had received hundreds of death threats from Turkish nationalists.
Reuters TV footage showed plain clothes police repeatedly shooting at a figure running past them towards Elci. He was then seen lying on the ground with blood apparently streaming from his head.
"Tahir Elci was caught up in fire between police and terrorists," he said, without saying whether anyone had been arrested.
The HDP said Elci had been targeted by the ruling AK party and its media, and called for political parties, civil society and professional groups to "raise their voices" in protest.
embassy expressed its shock over Elci's death, calling him on Twitter a "courageous defender of human rights".
The HDP said Elci had been targeted by the ruling AK party and its media and it called for political parties, civil society and professional groups to "raise their voices" in protest.
Prime Minister Davutoglu said whoever killed Elci, the target was clear.
Witnesses said Elci had been shot after speaking about a historic minaret which had been damaged in clashes days before.
The US embassy expressed its shock over Elci's death, calling him on Twitter a "courageous defender of human rights".
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