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, Infobae.com reported.
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.Soldiers ask El Chapo’s son to call off attacks before letting him goLoaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00PreviousPlaySkipMuteCurrent Time0:00/Duration Time2:38FullscreenNeed Text
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (left) defended the decision to release Guzmán Lopez (right), saying he was protecting civilian lives
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.
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.