By Chris Covert
A total of three armed suspects were killed early Friday morning in Zacatecas state in a pursuit and gunfight, according to Mexican news sources.
A news report posted on the website of El Sol de Zacatecas news daily said that a Policia Federal (PF) road patrol in the area responded to the sounds of gunfire in Las Arboledas colony in Zacatecas municipality, which was apparently an exchange of gunfire between rival criminal groups.
Several armed suspects subsequently led the PF patrol in a chase that ended with three armed suspects dead and two PF agents wounded by gunfire. A third PF agent was hurt during the chase when a patrol vehicle crashed into a pole. None of the PF wounded were reported as serious.
After the end of the pursuit an additional four armed suspects were detained.
A separate report in El Sol de Zacatecas said that Mexican naval infantry road patrols are currently operating in southern Zacatecas and northern Jalisco states. The Zacatecas municipalities included in the marine area of operation are Concepción del Oro, Jerez, and Fresnillo.
Last Wednesday, a marine road patrol detained two unidentified armed suspects following a shootout in Jerez municiality, near ejido Arroyo Seco de Arriba. The two detainees will be changed with operating a stolen vehicle and violations of the federal Firearms and Explosives law.
Marines seized five rifles, two fragmentation grenades, 117 weapons magazines, 2,393 rounds of ammunition, and four vehicles.
The detainees are to be transferred to the Centro de Readaptacion Social (CERESO) in El Salto in Jalisco state.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com