Last updateFri, 21 Sep 2018 10am

Guadalajara police commander, three officers die in Tonala ambush

A team of at least seven armed men ambushed and killed four Guadalajara police officers Monday, including a high-ranking supervisor of the municipal force.

Dozens of rounds were fired during the attack, which took place in the Loma Dorada neighborhood of Tonala, close to the home of Eduardo Perez Garcia, commander of “agrupaciones” in the Guadalajara police department.

copsAlong with Perez Garcia, also killed were Jose Aguilar Flores, Roberto Salcedo Torres and Marcela Guadalupe Maciel Herrera.

The attack occurred in the early morning, moments after Perez Garcia had been picked up by his three subordinates to begin their working day.

The speed at which the attack unfolded allowed Perez Garcia no time to get out of the vehicle, or fire off any rounds in response.

The assailants all wore military-style camouflage clothing and were equipped with high-calibre weaponry. 

Authorities have not disclosed the name of the criminal organization they believe is responsible for the ambush.

Guadalajara Mayor Enrique Ibarra condemned the ambush, calling it a reaction to “the unwavering work of our corporation.”  Other sources suggested that the success Perez Garcia was having in breaking up criminal cells in the city earmarked him as a key target, which was why he always traveled with at least three other officers.

Ibarra added that far from frightening the municipality into a more passive policing strategy, the incident will "only intensify our mission to keep citizens safe.”

Two more deaths

In a later incident reported around midnight, two municipal police officers were shot to death following a report of a carjacking in the Pinar de la Calma neighborhood of Zapopan.  The two officials identified the vehicle and gave chase in their patrol car, cornering it at an intersection in Colonia El Mante.  At that point, two armed men got out of a pick up that had been following the persecution and began to fire on the officers.  One died at the scene and the other at a Green Cross clinic a few hours later.

Zapopan Mayor Pablo Lemus announced Tuesday that three arresta had been made in relation to the incident.

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