Mexico had nine people killed in a bloody confrontation Friday in western Mexico between a criminal gang and agents investigating a suspected kidnapping, officials reported.
Among the dead was 2 officers and 6 people believed to have been held captive in a house in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco state, the state prosecutor’s office revealed.
One other man died on the street. Jalisco has been hard-hit by violence linked to organized crime, specifically the powerful Jalisco New Generation drug cartel.
In the recent incident, the kidnappers opened fire on the officers and shot their captives when they were cornered, state prosecutor Gerardo Octavio Solis Gomez said.
After the gang shot at them, the agents returned fire and requested backup.
Dozens of police and elements of the army supported by two helicopters were deployed to begin a house to house search for the attackers.
A woman who wants to be anonymous said the man who was killed in the street was her 43-year-old brother who had gone to visit his daughter.
“They shot him in the heart, but he had nothing to do with it. He was already dead when I arrived,” she said.
Around 300 assault rifle shells were scattered at the scene.
Neighbors said there were moments of panic during the shooting and the search operation.