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Scene of mistaken identity in Coahuila. Scene of mistaken identity in Coahuila.

Police confuse family with bad guys, killing 2-year-old

Police in Zaragoza, Coahuila, killed a two-year-old girl and wounded her parents and sister when they confused the car they were traveling in with that of criminal suspects.

The incident occurred at 4:20pm on Wednesday as Rafael Vázquez Muñiz, 34, drove home with a 21-year-old woman believed to be his wife and their three daughters.

But police said they confused their black Saturn with the vehicle of suspects who had threatened to kidnap a senior Zaragoza police officer, and opened fire.

The victims were taken to a hospital in the neighboring town of Allende for treatment, but the two-year-old died there as a result of a gunshot wound to the neck.

The two officers were arrested.

The Coahuila Human Rights Commission opened an investigation into the girl’s death.

Sources: El Universal (sp), Vanguardia MX (sp), Sin Embargo (sp)

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