Two police officers and seven civilians were murdered early Monday, November 20, in Cuernavaca, Morelos, during a confrontation between armed groups and law enforcement forces.
However, the victims are not counted in the security report that the Mexican government published this Tuesday, November 21st.
This is because the Ministry of Security and Citizen Protection’s (SSPC) daily report on intentional homicides is based on information shared by local prosecutors’ offices, so the data may be out of date.
The National Security Commission (CNS) itself clarifies that the data contained in the daily report on intentional homicides is “preliminary” and subject to the legal decision of the Attorney General’s Offices and/or the Attorney General’s Offices of the 32 federal agencies that determine whether crimes are involved.
For this reason, the federal government’s security report recorded only three murders across Morelos on November 20.
Although the nine deaths in Cuernavaca are not yet included in the daily homicide register, the open source report on intentional homicide appears, that is, in the report based on information from the media and preliminary reports from local police.
Even the government of Cuernavaca regretted the deaths of the two members of the local police, who were Juan Carlos Salgado Flores and Francisco Calderón Armenta.
What happened in Cuernavaca on November 20th?
According to Cuernavaca’s Secretariat for Citizen Protection and Assistance, a confrontation between armed civilians and parts of the local police occurred in the early hours of November 20th.
The events began on Otilio Montaño Street in the Altavista neighborhood, where a group of armed men attacked some civilians who were drinking in public and tried to kidnap another. The result was that one person died and another was injured on that road.
“In order to keep an eye on the attackers and with the main objective of protecting the safety of neighbors, a chase ensued which resulted in direct aggression against the police forces; The confrontation took place on Panorámica Street, at the corner of Actores, in the Carolina district, when the attackers fired their long guns at the patrols.”