Irapuato, Guanajuato – Residents of the Miguel Hidalgo neighborhood suffered panic during a shootout between armed men and agents of the state forces, who maintained a 24-hour watch outside a private house. Officer Salvador Reyes, 27, was injured.
The confrontation resulted in an injured policeman, two FSPE units with serious damage, at least five private vehicles with bullet holes, affected houses and commercial facades.
The incident took place on Sunday afternoon around 2:50 pm. The address is located on Independencia Avenue between Monte de las Cruces Street and Leonardo Bravo Street. Just three blocks from the offices of the Attorney General of the Republic.
For several years now, several FSPE agents have carried out 24-hour surveillance outside a private house owned by a graduate and employee of the State Public Security Secretariat.
Gunmen come and block the road before attacking
At least two trucks with armed men arrived at the site in the early hours of this Sunday. One of them stopped and blocked the avenue at the corner of Leonardo Bravo Street, the other did the same at the corner of Monte de las Cruces Street.
The armed men got out of the cars, took up their positions and started shooting at the police officers from a distance of about 80 metres. The FSPE agents were perplexed.
The attack came from both sides; Without doing anything All in all it looks like there were only three state police officers on duty at the time and they could have responded to the attack.
Social networks explode because of the shooting in Irapuato
The shooting was so intense that through social networks, citizens of many neighborhoods who were awake, or were awakened by the shots and sirens of patrols, alerted citizens of the confrontation, without knowing the details, nor the exact location of the confrontation. done. aggression.
How could they, the state police officers requested reinforcements from C5 (state communication center) and immediately moved to support the comrades patrolling close to the place.
Unfortunately, a state trooper guarding the house was injured.
According to neighbors, shots could be heard for about ten minutes and long before reinforcement patrols arrived, the armed men got into vehicles and fled towards Abasolo Municipality.
Upon the arrival of reinforcements, the officers found the road covered with shell casings from small and large caliber firearms. One FSPE patrol, GT 196 A4, was hit by at least 30 bullets and one officer was wounded. The injured person was taken to the hospital in a patrolling vehicle.
While the road was closed by the Municipal Police, a large deployment of various patrols was made across the city to find those responsible. C4 and C5 surveillance cameras installed at every corner and crossroads of the city could neither trace the responsible nor their escape route.
Employees of the prosecutor’s office arrived at the scene of the confrontation. Specialist personnel collected hundreds of shell casings of various calibers at the scene.
The facade of a blue house, where the state police kept watch, had at least 25 bullet holes in its facade. Five more houses away, a furniture store was hit by more than 35 bullets.
At least five vehicles, one a blue Nissan March; a red Nissan Sentra; a red Ford Focus; a taxi and a Volkswagen Combi, resulting in multiple gunshot wounds to his body and windows.
The front door, wall and brown metal curtains of the house the police were guarding were hit by some bullets. Most of the shots were received by patrols.
They investigate whether there has been a connection to the catching of criminals in the past
Last Friday, January 13, elements of the state’s public security forces managed to dismantle a criminal cell made up of four men and a woman in the Santa Julia neighborhood in Irapuato. All of them belong to an organized crime group.
On that day, elements of the FSPE managed to seize weapons, ammunition, explosive devices, a drone, tactical equipment, flat-out stars and vehicles reported stolen.
The State Attorney General’s Office is already conducting an investigation to determine whether the arrests were related to the Sunday morning armed assault.