The recently appointed head of the prison service in the northern Mexican state of Sonora was murdered, sources in the state government said Tuesday.
Erasto Ortiz Valencia was killed by three men who burst into his home and shot him at point-blank range, the state government press office said in a statement.
The official died later at a hospital in Hermosillo, Sonora’s capital.
Ortiz took over responsibility for the state’s 15 prisons just 12 days ago, after his predecessor was ousted for alleged misconduct.
Sonora Public Safety Secretary Ernesto Munro sees the murder of Ortiz as “a response to the state’s determination to end corruption,” his office said in a statement.
Separately, the deputy police chief in Empalme, Sonora, was slain Tuesday while driving to work.
Miguel Acosta Garcia, 32, was shot by assailants armed with AK-47 assault rifles after leaving his wife and children at the home of his mother-in-law, state authorities said.