On July 2, 2011 an intense gun battle was registered in La Piedad, Michoacán, as members of the Knights Templar or Los Caballeros Templarios attacked the base of the Federal Police in the town, spilling blood on the streets, sending fear among the residents in the community.
The sicarios blasted the police building with a hail of gunfire that were travelling in about 50 trucks, were armed with long guns and grenades and were identified to be members of the Knights Templar by several sources.
Initial reports indicated that the armed group was attempting to execute Miguel Angel Rosas along with 30 elements of the Federal Police who were sleeping in the police building.
The gunfight lasted for about an hour that sent panic among the community that heard the loud sounds of the detonation from grenades and fully automatic gunfire. Scattered on the ground at the scene were over 5,000 spent casings of ammunition. The place was practically destroyed.
During the confrontation three gunmen were killed, they were identified as Fabián Cortez Ríos, 23; Epigmenio Hernández Infante, 30, and Pedro Cortez Ramirez 18. Seven unidentified federal police officers were also killed and three others were wounded.
This incident is said to have triggered a wave of violence in the last couple of days in several municipalities in Michoacan, the area in essence has become a war zone.