By Chris Covert
One unidentified individual was killed and eight others were hurt in a gun battle in Tamaulipas state between armed suspects and a Mexican Army patrol Friday afternoon, according to Mexican news accounts.
A Mexican Army patrol came under small arms fire from armed suspects in Santa Apolonia ejido near gaps leading to the village of Empalme around noon, sparking a three hour gunfight.
Santa Apolonia ejido is near Ciudad Rio Bravo, which is roughly six kilometers due east of Reynosa along Mexico Federal Highway 2, and is about three kilometers south of the US border.
From the reports, it is presumed that four armed suspects were hurt when the vehicle they were travelling in rolled over during a vehicle pursuit.
At the moment it is unknown if the shooting fatality is an armed suspect, or a civilian caught in the crossfire.
Four Mexican Army soldiers were wounded during the gunfight, and required evacuation to a Ciudad Rio Bravo medical clinic.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com