A heavily armed commando executed the police chief of Santa Catarina, Germain Perez Quiroz. He was gunned down inside his own office at the police headquarters of the agency located in community of Infonavit La Huasteca.
At 1530 hours about 15 masked men on board at least three late model trucks and two cars entered the front door of the police station and threatened employees inside until they located the police chief.
Witnesses mentioned that the attackers were wearing badges similar to those used by police.
In an unofficial report it was also mentioned that another person was killed inside the same office, however that fact has not been confirmed.
Following the murder the gunmen took three municipal police officers hostage and were ultimately abducted at gunpoint, their whereabouts are presently unknown.
After the incident about 100 elements of the Federal Police, military and Marines took control of the police facilities in Santa Catarina, a municipality located just west of Monterrey.
The Mayor Gabriel Navarro sent condolences to the family of the police chief killed who he described as an honest man who performed his duties in a righteous way on behalf of the police agency and warned that crime will not scare the municipal authority.
Later, in Monterrey, at around 1600 hours four young men were "executed" against a wall in the back of a shopping center in community Florida, south of the capital.
During an interview, the Mayor could not provide any type of detail of the incident and appears the feds were keeping him out of the loop, suggesting a sign of distrust of the municipal authority.