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Local police chief arrested after cartel gunmen attack state building in Chihuahua, Mexico

May 28, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Local police chief arrested after cartel gunmen attack state building in Chihuahua, Mexico

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A police chief was arrested after cartel gunmen conducted a deadly attack on Chihuahua state police on Thursday in the town of Villa Ahumada, located south of Juárez.

The Villa Ahumada police chief and the police coordinator are alleged of being “halcones” — “hawks” or lookouts — during an assault on the town’s state building, the El Paso Times reported.

After the incident, state police apprehended the town’s top police officials, identified only as 41-year-old Guillermo C. and 34-year-old Carlos Alberto D.G. on charges of possession of a stolen car.

The two were pulled over in a Ford pickup that was reported stolen in October.

“According to the investigation, it appears that the commanders of this municipality have links to a criminal group and on Thursday functioned as ‘halcones’ in the attack against this agency’s offices,” the Chihuahua attorney general’s office said in a press release.

Chihuahua state police arrested the top leaders of the municipal police department in Villa Ahumada. (Photo: Courtesy Chihuahua attorney general’s office)

Officials noted that state police are looking into other Villa Ahumada officers suspected of working as lookouts in the assault.

Authorities said that gunmen arrived in several cars and began shooting at the attorney general’s office.

State ministerial police Officer Edgar Mariano Rojas Duarte was murdered in the shootout. Three other officers were shot and were flown in a police helicopter to Juárez for treatment.

Mexican press images showed the front of the building full of bullet holes.

Villa Ahumada is located 70 miles south of Juárez and is a major transshipment point for drug loads traveling north to the U.S. border.

The Mexican army, federal police, and state police reinforcement have been dispatched to the Villa Ahumada area to pursue the attackers.

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