Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Mexisniper gunned down by Mexicops

By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

A man identified as the shooter of a high ranking police commander in Nuevo Leon state was shot to death by police agents in a Monterrey suburb Saturday, according to Mexican news accounts.

According to a news account posted on the website of Milenio news daily, Humberto Víctor Galindo AKA El Guacho and another unidentified man said to be an accomplice, were shot to death by Nuevo Leon state ministerial police agents at a farm in Santa Catarina municipality Saturday afternoon.

Nuevo Leon state commander of the Agencia Estatal de Investigaciones (AEI), Gustavo Gerardo Garza Saucedo AKA El Jerry, was shot to death,  early on the morning of February 19th by a sniper using a .50 caliber Barrett brand rifle presumably a semi automatic rifle at a range of about 60 yards, a tiny fraction of the range of the weapon.  The police commander was just arriving at his home in the Hacienda del Carmen colony of Apodaca, which is a suburb of Monterrey, the state capital of Nuevo Leon.

According to a separate press report posted on the website of El Diario de Coahuila news daily, Victor Galindo was a Mexican Army deserter from Veracruz state who left the army eight years ago, and was the Los Zetas turf commander for Santa Catarina municipality.

Santa Catarina is located due wast of Monterrey city.

The assassination took place after Victor Galindo and another accomplice, identified as Juan Jesús Silva Saenz, threatened security guards at the gated community where Garza Saucedo resided. News accounts say Silva Saenz allegedly acted as a lookout at a nearby convenience store while Victor Galindo shot his victim.

According to the news account, Silva Saenz allegedly arranged an armed robbery of the store as a diversion and then he watched at the location, then signalled the shooter.

Silva Saenz himself was detained aboard a Ford Aerostar van as he and two other individuals travelling March 14th at a security checkpoint on the Monterrey to Nuevo Laredo highway, where security elements found 34 rifles allegedly in his possession. Among the rifles seized were AR-15 and AK-47 rifles. According to another account which appeared on the Nota Roja Konecho blog, the stop led to a second vehicle with two more AK-47 rifles and 67 weapons magazines inside.

Nuevo Leon ministerial police agents began conducting a search of an area in Santa Catarina Saturday in the area where are five abandoned farms.

Victor Galindo and other accomplices were found at a farm called Eucalyptus, in the wooded area of ​​Parque La Huasteca colony.  According to the translation, Victor Galindo cycled his weapon's action to fire but was shot to death by police agents.

At the location police agents seized one AR-15 rifle and one AK-47 rifle.  An unknown number of other suspects were also in the area with Victor Galindo, but had apparently escaped the police cordon.

According to the El Diario de Coahuila account, state police agents did not inform Santa Catarina police about the search operation until it was over.

Los Zetas, like their Sinaloa and Gulf cartel rivals like to maintain turf bosses in many municipalities in northern Mexico.  Above the municipality level, Los Zetas maintain a regional boss as well.

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com

17 comments:

  1. The Barret .50 calibre rifle have a range of up to 1 1/2 mi.(2,500yds. The U.S. Marine Corp. and Army snipers have been, and were, quite effective in hitting their targets utilizing the Barret .50 cal. in the Afghan and Iraqi theaters. They also have the distinction of being glorified by Mexican Regional musical artists(música grupera) in narco corridos.

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    1. I served in Kampala, Uganda with the 7th Group advising the Ugandan Army during the conflict to remove Idi Amin Dada from power. And we carried the old 20mm Anzio, the round is three times bigger than the . 50 Cal, and a maximum effective range of 4,200 yds, and snipers were hitting their targets on first shot 95 % of the times. These mexican cartel shooters can't hit shit at more than 150 yards.

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    2. You'd be surprised.

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  2. Give them another 8 months , they will master the art of the Barrett 50. I believe it takes years of repetition to gain experience of being A technically correct sniper....
    ATTE.ThinkTank 28.7 N.V.

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    1. After 8 months they will be able to hit a target at 70 yards.

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  3. @6:43 pm - these scumbags dont know dont know the fundamentals of marksmanship much less how to be snipers. When i read the part of shooting the victim at 60 yards with a barret 50, i chuckled. He probably thought he was a badass, high-fiving his partner after such a precion shot. If he had a scope on that thing when he shot that man, it would only confirm the fact that these guys are mentally retarded. By the way, did you get to shoot that anzio?

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    1. Yes, I did fired it several times, always at more than 700 yards, I saw this officer from the Spanish Army taking out fighters at more than 350 meters with an old Grand, and this cartel guys are taking out targets at 60 yards with a 50 Cal Barrett? I think that they just don't know how to use that rifle, US Armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan have taken out targets with the 50 Cal at more than a mile away.

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    2. There is a new version of the 20mm, and the US military is been using it in Iraq and Afghanistan for the last two years. There is also a civilian version that I hope the cartels won't be able to get because of the extensive background checks done on those trying to buy weapons. Just think about these cartel snipers taking out people with the 20mm at 60 yards, I would laugh myself to death.

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  4. Oh shit,listen to all the expert marksmen giving tips on how to pull a trigger.Any tips on wind variance,arc of fire,high and low,an all that shit?It takes years and years of shooting to become good?Fuckin hilarious

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    1. Who cares if they kill at 60 yards or 1 mile away. This is murdering a human being. 50 cal. 22. 45. Whatever!!! you idiots! Always talking your military bs.

      ATTE: Elma Cano

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    2. Well, out of my 22 years in active duty I served 17 years with the 7th SF Group @ Ft. Bragg, and know what I'm talking about, did you ever even join the boy scouts?

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    3. Who gives a fuck about your weak ass training!!!

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  5. Readers: In Dec I posted my interview with Dr. Bunker about the 50 cal. he predicted it would be the next weapon used...2 mos later it was. both posts are below, the first has a video of the 50 cal you may want to view...

    http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2013/02/narco-weapon-progression-as-sicarios.html

    and then they did 2 mos later:
    http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2013/02/narco-weapon-progression-as-sicarios.html

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  6. I doubt that was the first time a .50 cal. weapon was used by a cartel or cartel member. In many of the cartel arms siezures that occur by federal forces, some 50 cal. type or Barret rifles always seem to be among the caché of weapons. If cartel members have been using grenades and grenade launchers, then most certainly they've been using 50 cal weaponry in these narco wars. Knowledgeable in , not an expert, in guns.

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  7. at 11:35 bunker is an expert, and this was published all over mexico. this was the first confirmed incident. why post an empty argument show us links to all the 50cal found prior? otherwise stfu and stop trying to muddy waters

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  8. @11:4. Hey cabron, You talk as if .50 cal. weaponry is a rare oddity. The original Zetas were ex-especial forces. Guess what one of the type of cal. weaponry they trained in. All militaries train in .50 cal. weaponry. In Mexico, they can't solve crimes. Your telling me that crime investigators have examined all rounds that have ever been fired in isolated cartel gun battles?! I doubt that. And that I remember, nobody in México claimed this was the first confirmed cartel .50 cal. kill.

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  9. 60, 100, 300 yards, caliber , who cares ?? , the target was eliminated, that was the main thing........and yes , zetas and cdg have a full range of weapons, thanks to our neighbor usa...

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