Monday, June 17, 2024

Police officer killed in gunfire at home of retired archbishop

The home of Catholic Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera was the scene of a shootout between presumed thieves and his government-assigned security detail yesterday, leaving one police officer dead.

Men wearing military-like uniforms arrived at Rivera’s house in the Florida neighborhood of the borough of Álvaro Obregón yesterday afternoon, saying they had an envelope to deliver. When the door was opened they forced their way in and fired on security guards.

One of the police officers assigned to the security detail was shot three times and died shortly after.

“They gained access to the property but they never got more than three meters in,” Mexico City police chief Raymundo Collins Flores said.

The attackers fled in two SUVs, and escaped after a short vehicle chase.

Today, police located a suspect at a hospital in Lomas Verdes in México state where he was being treated for gunshot wounds. The 33-year-old was taken into custody.

Collins could not say if the attack had been targeting Rivera. But the archbishop of Mexico City between 1995 and 2017 was never at risk, he said.

Authorities continue to search for two other men.

Source: El Universal (sp)

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