A shootout between police, soldiers, and gunmen in central Mexico left ten suspects dead and four wounded on Tuesday, June 14th.
Prosecutors in the State of Mexico, which borders Mexico City, said three detectives were also wounded in the gun battle. Their injuries were apparently not life-threatening.
The shooting occurred Tuesday about 80 miles (130 kilometers) southwest of Mexico City, in the town of Texcaltitlan, Estado de México, where the suspects opened fire on police.
Prosecutors said the detectives seized 20 rifles, pistols, military-style uniforms, and bulletproof vests at the scene. The area has been the scene of frequent killings and acts of extortion by drug gangs.
Authorities in the State of Mexico were attacked by the men during a surveillance operation in the town of Texcaltitlán, about 80 miles (129 kilometers) southwest of Mexico City, according to reports.
In response, state police fired at the assailants.
Four of the gunmen and three police officers were also injured in the confrontation and were rushed to a hospital.
Police were reportedly in the process of apprehending members of the La Familia Michoacana drug cartel. Upon arriving at the location, they were shot at by the armed men.
The authorities apprehended seven members of the armed group.
In addition, authorities from the Estado de México state attorney’s office seized 20 rifles, pistols, cartridges, five vehicles, bulletproof vests, military uniforms, and communication equipment.
“The State Attorney and those of us who work in the Prosecutor’s Office of the State of Mexico recognize and are proud of the actions carried out relentlessly by our colleagues against criminal groups throughout the State,” the State Attorney’s Office said on Twitter.