Julian Leyzaola, Tijuana's former top cop, now heads the municipal police in Ciudad Juarez. He is accusing Federal Police in Juarez of opening fire on his vehicle Monday night. — Peggy Peattie
BY SANDRA DIBBLE
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Former Tijuana Police Chief Julian Leyzaola, no stranger to gunfire and controversy, is now is the spotlight in Ciudad Juarez, where he has been heading the municipal police force since March.
Leyzaola is accusing members of Mexico's Federal Police of opening fire on his vehicle on Monday night as he was heading to a penitentiary where a riot had claimed 17 lives.
“I don’t understand the reason for the aggression,” Leyzaola said Tuesday during a news conference in Ciudad Juarez. “Fortunately, the vehicle was armored, otherwise I wouldn’t be here.”
Hector Arcelus, the city’s secretary, said that there were 20 identified aggressors, and that the city was preparing to take legal action. According to El Diario de Juarez, “the incident showed the lack of coordination among agencies.”
On Monday, the city announced that Federal Police would be withdrawn from the city beginning in September.
Additional video source: Intentan federales asesinar a Leyzaola