Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Mexican drug link probed in ambush murder of Texas lawman

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 |


Reuters

The death of a Bexar County sheriff's sergeant who died in a hail of gunfire as he sat in his patrol car is being investigated for a possible connection to Mexico's drug cartels, county officials said on Tuesday.

Sergeant Kenneth Vann was "targeted because he represented the government," Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz told Reuters.

Vann, 48, was in uniform, sitting in his marked patrol car at a corner on San Antonio's southeast side early Saturday when a small white car pulled up beside him, and somebody in the car fired an estimated 28 shots from an automatic weapon, possibly an AK-47 rifle, Ortiz said. No suspects are in custody.

"I think that they picked on a police officer because he was a symbol of authority," Ortiz said on Tuesday.

He said there is no evidence Vann's movements had been tracked that morning, indicating the 24-year law enforcement veteran was not likely targeted personally. Ortiz called it an attack "on a random law enforcement officer."

"The general public, I don't think, should have that much to fear," Ortiz said.

He said the FBI, along with the Texas Department of Public Safety and other law enforcement agencies are helping with the investigation.

Deputy Lou Antou said investigators are sorting through surveillance videos from two gas stations at the corner where the shooting took place.

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Anonymous said...

Someone making their bones for the cartel on this side?

Anonymous said...

Here We GO this sounds like a classic Narco/Gang M O,very sad about this officer and his family. Let what happens next be an example for Legitimate Mexican Law Enforcement, I suspect that a intense man hunt is in progress, killing a Texas Lawman is a big deal. This is a good example of why Texas has and uses the death penalty. If this turns out to be a Mex Narco deal let this serve notice on our Democratic Fed that Mexicos problem is a TEXAS/USA problem,not that it will help,get them off their re-elect Obama ass.

Matanzas said...

A random killing on a SYMBOL of authority? Humpfff.... Sh*t IS moving North. More to come. And the funny thing is that our media will do the same poor s*** work than the MX media does. Welcome to the new century.

Anonymous said...

this is just the start poor usa you will soon taste your own medicine

DFL said...

The piece of trash that killed this good guy is going down. A Coward that has now thrown it all away. This is`nt Mexico. Here you fuck with the law and they will make you pay dearly. This dog shit eater is going to pay for his fuck up.
An attack on a single law officer in America is a direct attack on all of our boys and girls in law enforcement.
That was one sorry chicken shit asshole to murder a cop. This was a man who would protect your family with his life without even known your name.
I hope that his buddies kick the living shit out of the punk who did this and spit in his food every single day. Prison will be hell until they shove that long cold needle into his arms and kill that worthless piece of shit!!!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like this POS cop was crooked and got popped.

Anonymous said...

The guys that did this are already in mexico do you think they would stick around

Anonymous said...

DFL said...@ 8:30
"The piece of trash that killed this good guy is going down. A Coward that has now thrown it all away. This is`nt Mexico."

The above comment embodies the ignorance and racism of some of the folks posting here: Why do you immediately assume the killer is from Mexico ? Let's just say that he or they are indeed from Mexico... Does that mean all Mexicans are murdereres ? What about Mexican- Americans ?

Anonymous said...

@ anonymous:02. your whats wrong with our people here in the U.S.A. im OMD, of Mexican descent. You probably are too, but i was born here, my parents came her A LONG TIME ago, shits changed. Stop relating yourself to the new wave of illegals crossing our borders! This is America, dont fuck with us, or you WILL feel the pain. I love this country, my parents sacrificed everything they had for me to be born and raised here, and now im a proud parent myself. But dont be ignorant. These dudes coming over the border think their privileged, like we owe them something, you know what, F* u my friend. We are not the same, im not like you. In this plaza, you respect our laws or we get you. Simple as that. If your in the U.S and have sympathy for this kind of bs, then your a fool, your kids will thanks you later in life. Your most likely a liberal. Amnesty for votes is your motto.

Anonymous said...

Texcoco Mex said.

I'm sorry for this Police Officer and his family.

Before accusing a Mexican, let's see what happened first. Cops get killed in the U.S too, maybe not as many but they do get killed.

Jan 12, 2011 Toronto cop killed while trying to stop a stolen snowplow. Sgt. Ryan Russell

02 Jan 2011 A female police officer was shot dead during a standoff in a US caravan park that was caught on camera. Deputy Sheriff Suzanne Hopper

March 10, 2011 Two days after a U.S. Marshal was shot to death in St. Louis, Officer Jay Sheridan was gunned down while serving a warrant.

2011.04.05 LAPD officer identified as Steve Jenkins was shot while he was responding to a domestic dispute.

22nd February 2011 Third police officer killed in one Florida city in less than a month. Officer David Crawford, Jeffrey A. Yaslowitz and Thomas Baitinger.

January 25, 2011 Authorities Fear Cops Being Targeted After at Least 11 Officers Shot in 24 Hours.

May 29, 2011 A Houston police officer was killed early Sunday when a man drove around a police barricade Officer Kevin S. Will.

Mar 19, 2011 ... A young Ohio police officer was shot and killed early Saturday as he approached a man on a bicycle.

May 27, 2011 ... Off-duty Newark, NJ, cop killed in shooting.

March 22, 2011 Georgia Police Officer Fatally Shot While Trying to Stop Carjacking Suspect.

April 02, 2011 Tennessee Police Officer Killed Responding to Robbery.

March 21, 2011 Wisconsin Police Officer Killed in Wild Shootout.

March 13, 2011 Brooklyn Cop Dies After Being Pushed Down Flight of Stairs.

March 8, 2011 ST. LOUIS - A federal marshal was shot in the head and two other law enforcement agents wounded.

Jan 14, 2011 ... Lakewood police officer Christopher Matlosz is killed in shooting.

May 10, 2011 - A Police Officer Dies Every 53 Hours in U.S.

trip1735 said...

@anonymous 843: you're an idiot. I'm a police officer in central Texas. You're what's wrong with this country. You can hide behind an anonymous tag on a message board and talk your shit about a murdered police officer..but if your sorry ass was on the line,who you gonna call? Won't be ghostbusters. Instead of talkin about a dead man,why don't you try and do his job? Why don't you strap on a vest and gun,kiss you're family goodbye,not knowing if you will ever see them again,and go to work. every day. We make that sacrifice so worthless ecumenical of the earth can safely sit in there homes and talk shit about a dead man. There's a special place in hell for people like you.

Anonymous said...

Lets don't start pointing fingers,we don't know what happened at all.

pcorn54 said...

Sad that the Sheriff of Bexar County uses this to push the agenda that the violence is "coming north".

Worthless bastard should be trying to solve the killing instead of getting political face time as his buddy Sheriff "Sigi" did with the Tiffany Hartley fiasco in Zapata County

Anonymous said...

First a few facts:

The area where this Sergeant was killed is about 95% African American, high crime and has an extensive gang problem.

The leads they have so far involve as yet unknown black males.

San Antonio is NOT any form of “sanctuary city”. This is unsupported RW bullcrap.

Every officer, deputy, constable etc. that puts on a uniform is a target and is at risk from any turd looking to make a name for himself. Its happened before here with another Deputy many years ago and they have yet to find his killer to this day.

This killing has *nothing* to do with cartels or any issues going on in Mexico.

'lito'brito said...

pretty fukn creepy...is this a sign of things to come?...or is this just an isolated incident...this is an important case, i am interested in the outcome

Anonymous said...

It has begun...

Anonymous said...

It may have been an African American area, but if the weapon used (and a big IF) was an automatic AK47, then you can look to the cartels. Those are the guys with the automatic AK's, and you don't buy these in just any gunshop. In fact, because the AK's from the U.S. are made from assembled parts, it's almost impossible to make a semi-auto AK fully automatic again without a master gunsmith and a machine shop.

'lito'brito said...

@trip1735

as for me ..i want to say there are millions of well armed law abiding gun owners in this country who are standing behind you...

yes... this is not Mexico ..and i don't mean that way in a bad way ..other than that Mexico is in a shambles ..where there is no trust between the police and the people who they are charged to protect..

yes we have a few bad apples ..but for the most part there is well deserved trust between cops and citizens

as long as this exists...we can win against any narcos

Anonymous said...

@May 31, 2011-8:30AM,

Your a moron, the drug war in Mexico has been going on for years, if the violence was going to "spill over," into the U.S. it would have happened a long time ago. Right now, I have no doubt this has already occurred on a small scale but if you think, what's happening in Mexico is going to take place in the U.S., you truly are stupid! Your talking two very different governing styles. The level of corruption in the U.S. is far less then in Mexico (in law enforcement). Plus, who is to say this tragedy has anything to do with the drug cartel violence, in Mexico. The difference is murders in the U.S. (especially one's involving police officers) have a greater chance of getting solved then one's committed in Mexico.

Anonymous said...

Mr. 5:20-

It's actually pretty easy to convert an AK to full auto. The requirements are a full auto trigger group, a third pin and a fixture that shows where the hole for the third pin is located. No master gunsmith or machine shop required.

Anonymous said...

@9:41 You give lessons? Or you just bragging? It's also a felony and that's why you will keep the anon tag you f//kin coward.

1:17

DFL said...

@10:02 PM
YOUR AN IDIOT!!
IN MEXICO THERE IS NO JUSTICE FOR MURDERRED POLICE!!!

M said...

May 31, 2011 10:59 PM "anonymous:02. your whats wrong with our people here in the U.S.A. im OMD, of Mexican descent. You probably are too, but i was born here, my parents came her A LONG TIME ago, shits changed. Stop relating yourself to the new wave of illegals crossing our borders! This is America, dont fuck with us, or you WILL feel the pain. I love this country, my parents sacrificed everything they had for me to be born and raised here, and now im a proud parent myself. But dont be ignorant. These dudes coming over the border think their privileged, like we owe them something, you know what, F* u my friend. We are not the same, im not like you. In this plaza, you respect our laws or we get you. Simple as that. If your in the U.S and have sympathy for this kind of bs, then your a fool, your kids will thanks you later in life. Your most likely a liberal. Amnesty for votes is your motto"


You dumb fuck, you parents were just like them. Its sad to see ppl like you. My parents came over and got diported many times. Got there asses beat by BP. Now my Father is an Exec at a F500 Company. What has your family done for this country? Other than bring up a POS child that talks down to his own ppl. Yes I was born here but I still go back to my roots. I had/still have a very privileged life. But yet I still go down to where my parents are from. No way in hell will I ever let go of my roots. Not everyone that boarder jumps is bad. For you to say they feel privileged you are all wrong. I bet you also say that Mexican IA's feed off of the system. Wrong! I work for USDOL and travel all over the counrty training ppl on how to get back on there feet. I teach everything from Interviewing skills to how to look for a job. From New Mexico to New York to Washington you would be amazed on how many NON Mexicans feel they are privileged and frown upon a min wage job when there is no other job available. But yet ppl complain that Mexicans legal or not are taking our jobs. How about you take the job thats available instead of waiting for that better paying job that everyone else is going to apply for. SO how dare you put down your own ppl when you your family was once on the same boat. PS GO FUCK YOUR SELF!

VIVA MEXICO Y VIVA LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS
YES IM A PROUD MEXICAN AMERICAN!

Sorry to take from this sad story, may god bless him and his family and help bring whom ever did this to justice!

M said...

@ 7:12 AM It may have been an African American area, but if the weapon used (and a big IF) was an automatic AK47, then you can look to the cartels. Those are the guys with the automatic AK's, and you don't buy these in just any gunshop. In fact, because the AK's from the U.S. are made from assembled parts, it's almost impossible to make a semi-auto AK fully automatic again without a master gunsmith and a machine shop.


You DOUCHE, How stupid of you to think that ONLY MExicans use AK47's! First of all its not hard to convert an Ak to full auto. There is the right way making it ATF Legal and FULL AUTO which will have the ATF on your ass in a heart beat. and like 9:41 said thats oretty much all you need! Go check out the gangs Black, Mexican, Asain, White, whatever race they maybe. The choice gun is always an AK just because you can run thousands of rounds toss it in the closet for a year then come back and run another thousand rounds with out ever cleaning it!

Anonymous said...

@ 7:12 AM It may have been an African American area, but if the weapon used (and a big IF) was an automatic AK47, then you can look to the cartels. Those are the guys with the automatic AK's, and you don't buy these in just any gunshop. In fact, because the AK's from the U.S. are made from assembled parts, it's almost impossible to make a semi-auto AK fully automatic again without a master gunsmith and a machine shop


Pendejo,it's not so hard for any black fool to get his paws on an Ak-47 in Texas.SO now your saying that gun shops in Texas only sell AK's to Mexicans,no one else.

'lito'brito said...

it is pretty easy to convert an ak to full auto remove or disable the second sear pin ...why do it though...it fires fast enough on semi...what too lazy to wiggle your finger

'lito'brito said...

wasn't this topic supposed to be about a dead COP..not who knows more gunsmithing ..or who is more OMD ..or what criminal can get an AK...man some of ya'll need to slow down and breathe..lay off the coffee all day long...jajjajaj

Anonymous said...

Texcoco Mex said.

Stop al the BS about Mexicans who came to U.S, and Mexican Americans who were born here. Here I give you some good examples of good people.

Robert Cardenas is a retired Brigadier General of the United States Air Force. He was born in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico.

Alfred A. Valenzuela is a retired United States Army major general. He frequently discusses how he overcame his childhood as a gang member.

Richard Edward Cavazos Mexican American four-star general.

Colonel Louis Gonzaga Mendez. Mexican American.

Ricardo Sanchez is a retired United States Army Lieutenant General and a candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for the Senate election in 2012.

Anonymous said...

I get a kick out of all the Pendejos whose parents jumped a stream and he somehow became
non latino, or a Coconut.

Anonymous said...

Rigsby Ave is a known gang turf of the bloods and crips!!

Anonymous said...

OMG CHILL OUUTTT! IM FROM MEXICO I LIVE IN SAN ANTONIO TX, THIS ONLY HAPPENED 5 MIUTES AWAY FROM MY HOUSE AND LET ME TELL YOU THAT'S BLOOD'S & CRIP'S TURF STOP TRYING TO BLAME EVERYTHING ON MEXICO'S VIOLENCE. YES ITS HORRIBLE BUT NOT EVERYTHING REVOLVES AROUND THEM SH&% IM TIRED OF EVERYTHING GOING BACK TO MEXICO SHUT UP JUST BECAUSE THIS OFFICER WAS KILLED DOESN'T MEAN IT HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE DRUG WAR IN MEXICO. THE EAST SIDE IS KNOWN FOR SHOOTINGS, THEFT, AND BURGLARY. JUST IN THESE 2 PAST WEEKS A WALGREENS HAS BEEN ROBBED, AND 3 SHOOTINGS OCCUR THAT HAVE BEEN REPORTED JUST ONE BLOCK FROM WHERE THIS HAPPENED!!!. I FEEL VERY SORRY FOR HIS FAMILY, ESPECIALLY BECAUSE I KNOW HIS WIFE.BUT THIS NEEDS TO STOP IM NOT RACIST BUT THAT IS ALSO AN AFRICAN AMERICAN TURF SO I WOULDNT BE SURPRISED IF THE KILLER WAS BLACK. SO GET OVER IT. RIP TO SGT. VANN HIS KILLER WILL BE FOUND ALL THE AGENCIES ARE HERE WORKING TOGETHER TRYING TO FIND THE HEARTLESS IDIOT!

ses said...

it almost sounds like a gang initiation hit.

DFL said...

We will soon see who did this. For sure it was a coward chicken shit asshole- but was it a gang banging prick, probably, a retalatory hit, Mexican drug garbage hit or just some dickhead that wanted to prove what a loser he was. He wiu\ll get caught. You can bet your ass on that. The F.B.I and others are on this and they WILL get thier man. Guaranteed!!! 100%. This motherf###er is going to prison and hopefully to hell by the death needle.
We don't tolerate crap like that, just because they do in Mexico!!!

Anonymous said...

They caught the person suspected for the murder of the officer. Name if the suspect is MarK Anthony Gonzales.

Anonymous said...

And what Mexican drug cartel is this Mark Anthony Gonzales a member?

Anonymous said...

That's what they do in Mexico, the sicarios just drive up beside their target and then open up on them with a high caliber weapon, sometimes full auto or even hand grenades! The victim, police or a rival usually doesn't have a chance! However the difference here is that our law enforcement officials haven't come under the corruption that you see in Mexico so there will be a serious manhunt for whoever killed this police officer! If and when they catch this asshole he will get the death penalty for his trouble! My condolences to the family of the police officer.

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