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Monday, October 11, 2021

Deadly Shootout When Attempting To Arrest Police Director Who Killed For CSRL, Acámbaro, Guanajuato

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A deadly shootout which left two law enforcement agents dead occurred when the State Attorney General attempted to arrest the director of Municipal Police for being involved with the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel (CSRL), in the state of Guanajuato.

On the morning of October 9, 2021, the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) began to employ a number of operations targeting people associated with the CSRL across several municipalities, including that of Acámbaro, Guanajuato. La Jornada reported that preliminary reports showed these morning to midday arrest operations led to at least 20 detainees being captured. The detainees were taken to the agency's facilities in the city of Guanajuato.

The operations continued even up until approximately 8:00pm, with multiple properties being searched by members of the FGE with the support of the National Guard and the State Public Security Forces (FSPE). These later searches allegedly targeted properties thought to contain arsenals of firearms. 

One of the properties searched for firearms.

The FGE did not immediately release a statement on the operations. The municipal president, Alejandro Tirado Zúñiga, confirmed that since the early hours of October 9 there was a strong security operation in Acámbaro. 

"There was a lot of movement and there is the state Public Security helicopter and officially I do not have a director in Acámbaro, nor a deputy director, the corporation is working with the three commanders on duty," he commented when asked if the former director of Security was among the detainees. 

It should be noted that the same day of these multiple raids, October 9, was also the last day of the government of Alejandro Tirado Zúñiga. 

And then it was finally announced that the former director of Municipal Police for Acámbaro, Juan Antonio Santillán, was arrested because he is allegedly linked to the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel (CSRL). The photo above of Antonio Santillán in custody was released by the FGE.

Antonio Santillán left his post three months ago, when the Attorney General's Office initiated an investigation against him for alleged complicity in criminal acts and association with the CSRL. He is being investigated for participating in several homicides perpetrated by the CSRL.

Videos taken by residents of Acámbaro from October 9 , such as the one seen below, depict very loud gunshots occurring, likely due to the operation to arrest Antonio Santillán. 

According to information from the FGE press release, a confrontation occurred in the downtown area of Acámbaro, when agents of the state Attorney General's Office were trying to execute an arrest warrant against Juan Antonio Santillán. 

At that moment, at least five armed men who were accompanying Antonio Santillán tried to prevent them from doing so and a shootout broke out, leaving two FGE agents seriously injured. Both agents later succumbed to their injuries and passed away.

Later, after a chase, a second confrontation took place on Morelos street. Antonio Santillán was driving a dark colored double cab Ford pickup truck, accompanied by the five men loyal to him when he was intercepted by the chasing FGE agents. 

A shootout broke out and one of the men guarding Antonio Santillán was injured. He was later identified as a former Acámbaro Municipal police officer, who died hours after being admitted to a local hospital.

Despite all the shootouts, the authorities did manage to arrest Juan Antonio Santillan and four other people, two of the four were former municipal police officers loyal to Antonio Santillán and the CSRL. 

Sources: La Silla Rota, AM, La Jornada, Informativo Agora, Reporte Bajio, Expreso Queretaro, Actuar


  1. Mexico should have the Death penalty for people convicted of killing police officers But Lopez obrador is a Wimp that's what the USA thinks of him he doesn't take care of his people and doesn't fight crime.

    1. Mijo I regret to tell you that, the unbalanced government of Obrador will never go for the Death Penalty.

  2. That government is straight garbage... They've been cracking down on CSRL but Jalisco ng are largely left alone. How does that work except for a currupt government? And cjng is more of a threat. They must think people are deaf, blind, and dumb and don't see or hear anything and wont figure thigs out and/or add things up. They think were idiots or somethinq. But the shit is on their face.

    1. CJNG is paying better, there is now (probably) a much greater financial incentive to target CSRL. CSRL now appears to be extremely fragmented and losing their center of gravity/strength.

  3. He probably thought they were going to hand him to Cjng lol


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