Gunmen Kill Public Safety Director for Central Mexican State
The Associated Press
Sep 16, 2005
MEXICO CITY (AP) - A group of men with automatic weapons stormed into a restaurant Friday and killed the director of public safety for the central state of Michoacan, authorities said.
Rogelio Zarazua was eating with his wife around 5:30 p.m. in the colonial city of Morelia, the Michoacan capital 135 miles (215 kilometers) west of Mexico City, when three men wearing black opened fire, Gabriel Mendoza, the state's Public Safety Secretary, told reporters.
One of Zarazua's bodyguards was killed during a volley of shots as the gunmen fled the restaurant. At least one other was seriously wounded, according to police.
Michoacan Gov. Lazaro Cardenas Batel visited the scene of the attack, which came during a national holiday for Independence Day, but no arrests were made.
Investigators said hit men working for drug smuggling gangs known to operate across Michoacan were likely involved, but did not publicly discuss a motive.
You'd think they'd have a hard time finding new government and federali officials down there, considering their average life span.
They don't seem to have any problem getting gunmen to shoot at them though