Police officer, four gunmen killed in Mexico clash

May 07, 2014 - 1:55:29 am

MEXICO CITY: A senior Mexican police officer and four gunmen were killed in the latest gang-related clash in the troubled northeastern state of Tamaulipas, authorities said yesterday.

Three marines and a military police officer were wounded in the skirmish late Monday in Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas, while five suspects were detained, officials said.

Salvador de Haro Munoz, the state police’s director of investigations, was killed shortly after taking his post. The clash took place when an investigation into a criminal group led federal and state security forces to a house in Ciudad Victoria.

“The armed civilians, after seeing the presence of security forces and to avoid being detained, opened fire with large weapons and automatic handguns, starting a clash,” the Tamaulipas security coordination group said in a statement.

The statement did not identify the gang but Tamaulipas is home to the Gulf and Zetas drug cartels.