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

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.

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

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

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

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 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 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.

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.

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.   

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