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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Shootout Between Police and Cartel Members Leaves 3 Dead in Irapuato, Guanajuato

"MX" for Borderland Beat

Two cartel members and a state police officer died during a confrontation in the community of Tomelopitos, in Irapuato, Guanajuato.

According to the investigations, agents of the State Attorney General's Office were conducting investigative procedures when they were shot by at least 6 armed men who were traveling in a van.

The agents repelled the attack and killed two gunmen, but one of the agents was injured and died while receiving medical attention at the scene.

At the site, specialists from the Prosecutor's Office recovered three firearms, ballistic vests, ammunition, as well as more than 100 bullet shells of various calibers.

An operation was immediately launched in the area to locate the other 4 accomplices in the attack, however, they were not located.

This is the second attack against state police in Irapuato in recent days. On Monday, April 5, two state policemen were killed in an armed attack when they were on patrol in Lázaro Cárdenas neighborhood.

The mayor of Irapuato, Ricardo Ortiz Gutiérrez, will request support from the military to concentrate their efforts on the eastern part of the city, where more than 20 percent of the murders perpetrated this year have been registered. He claims that most of the murders are driven by a competition over narcomenudeo (drug dealing) spots.

As reported by Borderland BeatIrapuato is one of the municipalities that has been hit the hardest by violence and crime, where reports of missing persons between 2019 and 2020 exceed one hundred, according to reports made by relatives themselves on a page dedicated to finding missing people.

Sources: Televisa; NotiInfoMex; Informativo Agora; Periodico Correo


  1. One of the few times that the “security forces were patrolling and were shot at by armed men in a truck” narrative is actually supported by the evidence.

  2. Diario de Juarez is reporting since 2 days ago about a massacre of 6 people in Parral Chihuahua. Some decapitated.
    Gente Nueva plaza boss among those dead maybe decapitated as well.


      Thank you. We had it in draft 4 hours after it was first reported. I waited a bit until more was known so we could produce a quality report. A lot more news came in this morning on which groups were involved.


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