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Shootout in Taxco During an Attempt to Abduct a Police Chief

Sunday, April 10, 2011 |


Taxco municipal preventive police officers risked their lives to rescue their director, Ángel García Rodríguez, presumably after a group of suspected sicarios intended to "levantarlo" abduct him from his home, this resulted in a sustained shootout that killed five, a police officer and four civilians.

According to preliminary statements gathered at the scene, at around 2:30 am on Friday, residents of the community of Zapata reported a shootout that prompted the response of elements of the municipal and State Preventive police.

It was in the neighborhood of Zacazontla where gunmen opened fire on police forces where it was learned that the alleged gunmen were outside the home of municipal Public Security Director of Taxco, Ángel García Rodriguez, who they were attempting to abduct.

It was during the heat of the firefight that police forces were able to rescue their director Angel Garcia and secure him out of danger while the gun battle continued for several minutes, extending to several city streets causing panic and terror among the residents of the usual quiet city.

Unfortunately, during first minutes of the confrontation between police and sicarios the municipal preventative police Ambrosio Gerardo Martinez, 31 years old, was mortally wounded. He was transported by the Red Cross (ambulance) to the Social Security Hospital, where he later died from the injuries he sustained from the gunshot.

Later while police was conducting a reconnaissance patrol in the surrounding neighborhoods where the fighting took place they found the bodies of four dead people, they are presumed participants of the shootout and were killed by gunfire.

The four bodies of alleged sicarios were located on a dirt road leading to the memorable town of La Hacienda de San Francisco Cuadra, on the hill located behind the School "Vicente Guerrero."

The deceased are believed to be between 35 and 40 years of age, two are slender and two are robust.

Police also secured four AK-47 rifles so-called "cuernos de chivo" and a white Chevrolet Equinox from the state of Guerrero and the other was a Ford Fusion without license plates.

The pictures were found from blog diariodelnarco.com.

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6 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

BB

Would it be possible to STOP releasing the names of the police/soldiers killed fighting this cartel trash. By publishing the names the media puts a target on these mens families. Can you maybe ask the Mexican media to do the same?

Anonymous said...

Get the names of the dead criminals and kill their familys. Good security work ,sorry about the fallen officer. I would love to read more storys about the success of law enforcment,more stories about reform of the judiciary,reorganization of law enforcment,Passing of criminal laws that are easier to employ(conspiracy attempts law of partys,accomplice) Simplify the law (EVEN A CAVEMAN CAN DO IT) Does Mexico have any form of I D Card??

Anonymous said...

Good job police.

GrandeGoatHorn said...

Anonymous said...

BB

Would it be possible to STOP releasing the names of the police/soldiers killed fighting this cartel trash. By publishing the names the media puts a target on these mens families. Can you maybe ask the Mexican media to do the same?
April 10, 2011 2:19 AM
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I agree, posting their names puts their entire families at risk... Its like the Mexican communities posting certain activity codes on Twitter they are unwittingly informing the criminals of that information as well as other law abiding civilians...

VIVA LA POLICIAS! GREAT JOB! KILL ALL THOSE S.O.B.'s!

Anonymous said...

This is the type of things I like toi see. Not for the killing of people but for the courage of the police.
The people that make the coriidos shuld be glorifying the police who got killed in the line of duty.

Anonymous said...

I see there are still a few post-ban norinco ak's in circulation.

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