Mexican police officer who arrested El Chapo's son is assassinated

Mexican police officer who arrested El Chapo’s son is assassinated in a hail of bullets

  • Murder took place near shopping center in Culiacan, Sinaloa, on Wednesday 
  • Footage shows two gunmen emerge from a red sedan in parking lot 
  • They fire 155 rounds into a white Nissan driven by a Sinaloa state police officer
  • Local reports say officer was involved in operation to nab El Chapo’s son
  • Ovidio Guzmán López, 28, was briefly arrested by authorities on October 17
  • His arrest prompts Sinaloa cartel to begin orgy of violence in Culiacan
  • Cartel gunmen take soldiers and police hostage in Sinaloa 
  • Police demand Guzman Lopez call his brother and get him to stop the attacks
  • After his brother refuses, Guzman Lopez is released by the security forces 

The Mexican police officer involved in the arrest of the son of reputed drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman was assassinated after his car came under a barrage of gunfire inside a parking lot.

Closed circuit television cameras captured the horrifying moment on Wednesday morning when at least two armed men with semiautomatic rifles climbed out of a red car and opened fire at a white Nissan four-door sedan.

The red car followed the white car into the parking lot of a shopping center in Culiacán, the capital of Sinaloa state, reported.

A Mexican police officer in Sinaloa state was gunned down on Wednesday in a hail of bullets

At least two men armed with semiautomatic rifles fired 155 bullets into a white Nissan parked near a shopping center in the Sinaloa city of Culiacan

Closed circuit television images captured the scene in which the armed men drove up to the white Nissan in a red car

The armed men are seen getting out of the red vehicle and opening fire almost immediately at the white Nissan

The ambush on Wednesday morning took less than 30 seconds

The ambush took less than 30 seconds as the gunmen fired at least 150 bullets into the white vehicle. 

The authorities identified the dead officer as Eduardo ‘N,’ 32.

The victim was a high-level officer with Sinalo’s State Preventive Police. 

Local media reports indicate that the officer was involved in the October 17 arrest of Ovidio Guzmán López, the son of Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán.

This October 17, 2019, frame grab from video provided by the Mexican government shows Ovidio Guzman Lopez at the moment of his detention, in Culiacan, Mexico. Mexican security forces had Ovidio Guzman Lopez, a son of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, outside a house on his knees against a wall before they were forced to back off and let him go as his gunmen shot up the western city of Culiacan

The Mexican government released video footage of the failed arrest of drug lord Ovidio Guzmán López’s October 17 (pictured)

Cartel leader Iván Archivaldo Guzmán ordered an all-out attack on the Mexican military after they surrounded his brother’s house 

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (left) defended the decision to release Guzmán Lopez (right), saying he was protecting civilian lives

Mexican security forces had Guzman Lopez outside a house on his knees against a wall before they were forced to back off and let him go as his cartel’s gunmen shot up the Culiacan.

Defense Secretary Luis Cresencio Sandoval last week showed video and presented a timeline of the failed operation to arrest Guzmán López – an incident that embarrassed the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

The video shot by soldiers shows Guzmán exit the house with his hands up. 

Soldiers order him to call off the attacks around the city as gunfire is heard in the background.

Guzmán called his brother Archivaldo Iván Guzmán Salazar on his cellphone and told him to stop the chaos.

Archivaldo refused and shouted threats against the soldiers and their families. 

The attacks continued and eight minutes later the first wounded soldiers were reported.

A cartel member carrying a grenade launcher to fight the army in Culiacán on October 17 after violence erupted over the attempted arrest of El Chapo’s son

A body is seen laying on the street after the deadly gun battle. Culiacán exploded in violence with armed cartel members in trucks roaring through the city’s streets shooting at soldiers with machine guns

Northwestern Mexico was turned into a war zone as a result of a gun battle between armed cartel members and Mexican law enforcement

Archivaldo Guzmán surely knew at that point that the cartel had the upper hand.

Thirteen people were killed in gunbattles around the city. 

Officials in Mexico City ultimately ordered security forces to withdraw four hours after the operation began to avoid more bloodshed.

Mexico’s Public Safety Secretary Alfonso Durazo said that the aborted operation to arrest Guzmán Lopez was a ‘hasty action’ that deserves criticism – but the details revealed showed that the arrest had been in the works for more than a week.

The government’s timeline of events showed that the U.S. government requested Guzmán Lopez’s arrest for extradition on September 13, and on October 9 a special Mexican army anti-drug unit traveled from Mexico City to Culiacan to prepare.   

Authorities were still in the process of obtaining a search warrant when the operation began on October 17 outside a large home where Guzmán Lopez had been located. 

As they moved on the house, gunmen began attacking those involved in the operation.

Sandoval said that once lawmen came under attack, the search warrant was no longer needed.

What seemed clear was that once the operation started, government forces were quickly outmaneuvered by the Sinaloa cartel.

Military planners had four additional teams forming an outer security ring for the operation, but the cartel’s gunmen cut off the routes for three of them preventing additional support from arriving.

Ovidio Guzmán López  (left), along with his brothers, is believed to be a leader in the Sinola Cartel ran by his father, Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, (right), before he was jailed in theUS

A burnt vehicle sat across the street from a soccer stadium in Culiacán, Mexico, a day after armed gunmen waged an all-out assault against the Mexican military

Dozens of bullet casings litter the sidewalk in Mexico, a day after heavily armed gunmen attacked the military and forced the released of El Chapo’s son 

A video captures the moment cartel members took to the streets with machine guns and grenade launchers in an attempt to stop the arrest of El Chapo’s son

Meanwhile, the cartel sent convoys of gunmen to several military installations around the city to attack soldiers and their families. 

At one military housing block, a sergeant ushered children who were playing outside to safety, but he was taken hostage.

In all, two officers and nine soldiers were taken hostage by the cartel, according to Sandoval. 

The bulk of them were providing security for two fuel tanker convoys at a toll plaza on the outskirts of the city. 

Sandoval said soldiers estimated that 150 gunmen in 30 vehicles arrived.

Once Guzmán Lopez was released, all the military personnel were let go as well and the team that had captured Guzmán Lopez left.

It was unclear was who was negotiating with cartel during the confrontation.

Sandoval said that the leader of the team with Guzmán Lopez was offered $3million to let him go, but refused and was then told the cartel would kill him and his family. 

Timeline of the October 17  battle in Culiacán that stops the arrest of El Chapo’s son, Ovidio Guzmán López

2:00 PM PT: Mexican military confirms the presence of Ovidio Guzmán López at a home in Tres Ríos, an upscale neighborhood in Culiacán

2:30 PM PT: A team of soldiers surrounds the home where Guzmán López and family members are staying

2:50 PM PT: Soldiers are met with gun fire originating from the home and armed Sinaloa Cartel members in the vicinity

3:15 PM PT: El Chapo’s son steps out through a door in the compound with his hands raised and hands himself over to soldiers

3:17 PM PT: A soldier tells Guzmán López to call his brother Iván Archivaldo Guzmán and stop the attack by cartel members

3:25 PM PT: Reports surface of the first wounded military servicemen

3:45 PM PT: President Andrés Manuel López Obrador learns of the operation for the first time during a meeting with his Security Cabinet

3:47 PM PT: There are reports of armed men loyal to the Sinaloa Cartel patrolling Culiacán with machine guns

3:50 PM PT: Cartel members arrive in a convoy of trucks and surround military operation bases in the nearby towns of Costa Rica, El Fuerte and Cosalá

5:04 PM PT: The cartel unleashes an attack on the military bases while other members burns vehicles in the streets and inmates break out of a prison in an attempt to stop the arrest

6:49 PM PT: The Security Cabinet orders soldiers to stand down and release  Guzmán

7:17 PM PT: Sinaloa Cartel members release one official and four soldiers they had captured

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