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Mexican Attorney General Says Shots Were Fired At Close Range During May Shootout Which Left 42 Cartel Members And A Single Federal Police Officer Dead

August 26, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican Attorney General Says Shots Were Fired At Close Range During May Shootout Which Left 42 Cartel Members And A Single Federal Police Officer Dead

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The Mexican Attorney General is claiming that shots were fired at “close range” in the infamous May 22nd shootout on a ranch that left 42 suspected drug cartel members and a Federal Police officer dead in the western Mexican state of Michoacan.

The state’s attorney general, Martin Godoy said Tuesday, gunshots were fired at a range of between one meter and two meters (three feet and six feet), but this does not mean that there were extrajudicial executions, Godoy told Radio Formula.

Godoy’s comments contradict statements made by Federal Police chief Enrique Galindo, who said on Aug. 12 that none of the individuals killed in the shootout at a ranch in the city of Tanhuato “has the gunpowder ring that indicates the shot was fired at close range.”

National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido, for his part, said on May 25 that the initial indications were that the shots were fired “at a considerable distance from the bodies.”

Two helicopters were used in the operation, with one relieving the other, but the crews did not have orders to fire on the gunmen, Rubido said.

Godoy said there was “much evidence in the sense that some shots were fired with a marked trajectory from above to below, and the helicopter had bullet holes.”

The shootout occurred at a ranch in Tinaja de Vargas, a community outside Tanhuato.

The gunmen are suspected to have belonged to the Jalisco Nueva Generacion drug cartel, which has been involved in a series of attacks in recent months, with the biggest occurring on May 1, when gunmen shot down a military helicopter, killing nine people.

Analysts have questioned the high death toll among the gunmen in light of the June 30, 2014, killings of 22 civilians by army troops in Tlatlaya, a city in Mexico state, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area.

The army initially claimed that 22 suspected members of a kidnapping gang had died in a shootout, but an eyewitness told investigators that only one person died in the incident and the rest had been questioned and killed.

The shootout started when officers arrived at the ranch to investigate reports that a gang had occupied the property, officials said. EFE

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