A police chief was killed and three civilians were wounded by gunmen in southern Veracruz, a state on Mexico’s Gulf coast where drug-related violence has been on the rise due to a turf war involving three cartels.
Ciudad Isla municipal police department coordinator Ricardo Reyes Alvarez was gunned down on Tuesday afternoon, officials said.
Gunmen armed with AR-15 assault rifles opened fire on the police chief at a car wash, wounding three employees.
Reyes Alvarez tried to reach a nearby hospital but died before he could get there, officials said.
One of the car wash employees wounded in the attack is listed in serious condition.
Shootouts between the security forces and gunmen working for drug cartels have left more than 50 suspected criminals dead in the past six months in Veracruz, which is in eastern Mexico.
The La Familia Michoacana, Los Zetas and Gulf drug cartels all have a presence in Veracruz, 6th Military Zone commander Gen. Carlos Rene Aguilar Paez said Tuesday.
Los Zetas and the Gulf cartel are waging a turf war in the Gulf state, Aguilar Paez said.