Mexican media sources are reporting a gunman killed Sunday afternoon by Marines on the streets of the colonia Residencial Anáhuac in San Nicolas, a suburb of Monterrey, was in fact an important Los Zetas commander in Monterrey and may have been the plaza chief for the state of Nuevo Leon.
Law enforcement sources identified the man as Mario Alberto Cantú Cantú, alias "El Comandante Chabelo", who had occupied the post of Nuevo Leon "jefe de plaza" for only a few months
Mario Alberto Cantú was the son of a commander with the now disbanded Policia Judicial de Nuevo Leon state police force who had held his post from 1993 to 2000.
According to the authorities Cantú was wanted by the federal government and also faced charges in several states.
"El Comandante Chabelo" was driving a white Tacoma pickup and was being escorted by armed men in other vehicles when his convoy was intercepted by a Mexican Marine unit in a planned operation on Avenida Manuel L. Barragan in San Nicolas.
The convoy attempted a getaway but Cantú's pickup was raked by gunfire on Anillo Periferico street, inflicting a fatal head wound. Two other gunmen in another vehicle were also arrested.