The sicarios "sealed" with trucks and buses the east and west exits of the town of Zitacuaro, where they reported at least 13 police officers dead, 15 officers injured and several sicarios dead. The toll is said to be at least 20 dead total.
The Public Security Ministry said the state's first attack against military forces occurred in Hidalgo Avenue near Conalep at 7:40 Sunday morning.
The second shooting occurred in the vicinity of a military barracks then at around eleven in the morning there was a third clash between criminals and the Federal Police in Conalep.
The city of Zitácuaro City remained closed and the Department of Public Safety moved to secure the area.
Meanwhile, Proceso news quoted the Federal Public Security Secretariat as ten officers killed at the time of reporting.
El Universal is reporting that Elements of the Federal Police this Sunday morning were ambushed in the town of Zitacuaro, resulting in at least two clashes that left 10 officers dead. In another media source listed at least 13 officers killed and one juvenile girl that was ran over during the confrontation.
The newspaper La Dependencia reported that in the clashes several suspected sicarios were also killed, but did not specify the number.
The alleged sicarios used trucks to "seal" the east and west exits that connect Zitácuaro to Toluca and Ciudad Hidalgo. According to preliminary reports the blockade was done to prevent the arrival of reinforcements.
According to the Daily Provincia, elements of the Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA) cordoned off the scene and are searching the area with the support of ministerial staff, to try to trace the whereabouts of those responsible.
Meanwhile, the injured were taken to hospitals in Toluca and Morelia.
Milenio is reporting that two more officers of the Federal Police died after arriving at hospital Adolfo Lopez Mateos in the city of Toluca, after being ambushed in Zitacuaro, Michoacan.
Sources from the State Security Agency confirmed that a convoy of federal police units transported 10 injured officers to the capital of Mexico State that had been injured in the confrontation.
However, on arrival to the hospital, two federal agents died and eight more remain in critical condition.
The participating agencies set up an operation with a huge perimeter in the region seeking to prevent the escape of the alleged offenders who perpetrated the ambush.
Michoacan cartel gunmen have been known for staging violent attacks on law enforcement personnel in the past:
Brutal drug-gang violence has swept Michoacan, a state known for its picturesque colonial capital, beaches and Monarch butterfly sanctuary. The state is a stronghold of La Familia, a cartel known for beheading its rivals and staging bold attacks on government security forces.
Police did not immediately identify the attackers or indicate whether they are suspected of being gunmen for La Familia cartel. But the Public Safety Department did say the assailants picked up their wounded and dead and fled with them, a tactic often used by Mexico’s drug cartels.
We will cover this story more as we get further information.