Villa de Cos, Zacatecas: 4 State Policemen Killed By Organized Crime Group

Four Elements of the State Preventative Police (PEP) were killed when they became victims of an ambush by armed subjects on Thursday afternoon.

Shortly after 2:00 p.m. on the state highway that connects the communities of Chupaderos and Chaparrosa, there was an armed confrontation between elements of the PEP and armed civilians belonging to a criminal group, where four policemen died at the scene.

The PEP soldiers, who were conducting surveillance patrols, were intercepted by heavily armed people who immediately attacked them with high-caliber weapons, causing the patrol to go off the road completely engulfed in flames, their crew members could not get out of the police unit.

It was the same elements attacked who requested the support of their comrades via radio, a strong convoy of both State Police and Metropolitan Police elements quickly mobilized to the scene of the attack. In addition, two helicopters of the Ministry of Public Security (SSP) immediately began air patrols to try to find the whereabouts of those responsible for this attack.

The strong deployment of the police extended to the state limits of San Luis Potosí for more than two hours. There was no official word if any arrests were achieved.

According to sources close to the investigation, it emerged that, as a result of the strong operation mounted in that region, a couple of hours later, seven people in possession of weapons and vehicles with the characteristics of the aggressors were captured in the community of Pozo de Gamboa. However, the authorities have not issued any position regarding this attack.

Investigative Police (PI) were also present along with paramedics and firefighters from the State Coordination of Civil Protection (PC) who controlled the fire in the truck. For their part the paramedics could do nothing for the four PEP elements who were identified as ; Carlos Emilio, Julio César, Alexander and Juan Francisco.

Finally, with the help of a Road Safety Police crane, who also went to the scene to provide support for the search of the aggressors, they removed the burned patrol. While experts from the Zacatecano Institute of Forensic Sciences (IZCF) carried out the removal of the bodies of the deceased officers.