Police Officer Involved In Arrest Of El Chapo's Son Killed
CCTV footage has captured the moment a police officer was killed in a car park in Mexico.
The 30-year-old officer - identified as Eduardo - was killed near a shopping centre in the city of Culiacan in the north-western state of Sinaloa on Wednesday morning.
Video shows a red car pulling up alongside a white car before at least two men with semiautomatic weapons begin to open fire. The men then return to the red vehicle and flee.
Crime scene investigators discovered 155 bullet casings at the scene, according to Infobae.com.
Local media report that Eduardo was a member of the operation launched by the Culiacan authorities to arrest El Chapo's son, Ovidio Guzman, who was detained and released in Sinaloa on 17 October.
Guzman was reportedly arrested after a confrontation between his supporters and police, with gang member causing chaos on the streets until he was released.
According to NBC news, Mexico's security minister said four people were taken into custody by a defence and National Guard contingent, which was attacked by cartel members when they carried out the arrest.
Así las cosas al norte de #Culiacán. Momentos exactos de la balacera captados por el compañero reportero Policiaco, Ernesto Martínez. pic.twitter.com/o53uBLqCWr
- Juan Pablo Pérez Díaz (@PerezDiazMX) October 17, 2019
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"During that action, one of them was identified as Ovidio Guzmán López," Minister Alfonso Durazo Monraño said.
Officials say that when the police arrived they came under attack and the decision was made to retreat from the scene to protect lives.
According to Sky News, gangsters had set up roadblocks and were unleashing heavy automatic gunfire in the area, which has long been a stronghold for the Guzmans' Sinaloa cartel.
Security minister Alfonso Durazo said: "The decision was taken to retreat from the house, without Guzman, to try to avoid more violence in the area and preserve the lives of our personnel and recover calm in the city."
The Mexican government said the US had requested Guzman's arrest for extradition on 13 September.
Eduardo reportedly became a National Police officer in 2013 and last held a position in the security outfit for the undersecretary of public security, Carlos Alberto Hernandez Leyva.
The secretary of public security, Cristobal Castaneda Camarillo, and Hernandez Leyva both showed up at the crime scene to supervise the investigation.
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