Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat
Fuerza Tamaulipas (Tamaulipas Force) members took down eight alleged criminals in the town of Las Yescas, located in the municipality of Valle Hermoso.
According to the Tamaulipas Coordination Group, the events occurred yesterday afternoon when police officers were unexpectedly attacked by members of a criminal group.
In a statement, they said that in repelling the aggression in defense of their lives, the soldiers shot eight alleged criminals dead, two of them idenitified as José Gilberto Castro Arcos, 24, and Juan Carlos Alvarado Quiroz, 19, both originating from Matamoros.
The attack occurred at 13:55, when state police were carrying out patrols along the Victoria-Matamoros highway, and upon arriving at Las Yescas, they were attacked by armed men who were among weeds.
According to the statement, the members of Fuerza Tamaulipas retreated and began to repel the
Helicopters and federal police officers arrived at the scene, along with personnel from the Mexican Secretariat of National Defense and Mexican Secretariat of the Navy, as well as members of Fuerza Tamaulipas.
After federal forces got a hold of the attack, they secured various rifles, magazines, cartridges, tactical objects, and vehicles that were made available to the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the Federation so that an investigation can be initiated.