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When cartel gunmen rule the roost: Cops take cover from intense gunfire in war-like scenes in Mexico as team of assassins get closer and closer - before killing the officers

 A video recorded by a witness captured the final moments of five cops in central Mexico when they were ambushed by a group of assassins who would kill them all.

The footage went viral after it was leaked on social media Tuesday and showed four of the five state police officers seeking refuge from a war-like attack that was being launched by alleged members of La Familia Michoacana in State of Mexico last Thursday.

The agents could be heard shouting in the video as both sides exchanged fire in Llano Grande, a neighborhood in the municipality of Coatepec de Harinas. 

One of the officers turned around and tried to comfort his partner after it appeared that he had been struck by a bullet.

Another video of the daylight assault shows at least three men moving across a farm and firing at the cops with military rifles.

The ambush was among three daylight attacks that left 13 cops dead. 

According to Infobae, residents in Llano Grande were warned not to come out of their homes hours before the attack was launched because 'something was going to happen.' 

The videos were released just hours after the State of Mexico Attorney General's Office announced the arrest of 25 suspects during a series of raids that took place last Friday in the municipalities of Coatepec de Harinas, Almoloya de Alquisirias, Zacualpan, Ixtapan de la Sal and Tonanico.  

A villager in the State of Mexico town of Llano Grande recorded the moment four of the five cops who were killed last Thursday by alleged  members of the La Familia Michoacana cartel responded with fire. A total of 13 cops assigned to the state police and state prosecutor's office were murdered during three ambushes

A villager in the State of Mexico town of Llano Grande recorded the moment four of the five cops who were killed last Thursday by alleged  members of the La Familia Michoacana cartel responded with fire. A total of 13 cops assigned to the state police and state prosecutor's office were murdered during three ambushes

A resident in Llano Grande, a rural community in State of Mexico, Mexico, recorded the moment an alleged member of La Familia Michoacana cartel closed in on five cops who were assassinated last Thursday. The video went viral on social media Tuesday, just after the Attorney General's Office announced the arrest of 25 suspects who were linked to the three attacks that left 13 cops dead

A resident in Llano Grande, a rural community in State of Mexico, Mexico, recorded the moment an alleged member of La Familia Michoacana cartel closed in on five cops who were assassinated last Thursday. The video went viral on social media Tuesday, just after the Attorney General's Office announced the arrest of 25 suspects who were linked to the three attacks that left 13 cops dead

Pictured are five of the 13 police officers who were executed by a group of assassins allegedly linked to La Familia Michoacana last Thursday in Llano Grande, State of Mexico

Pictured are five of the 13 police officers who were executed by a group of assassins allegedly linked to La Familia Michoacana last Thursday in Llano Grande, State of Mexico


The State of Mexico Attorney General also said it was searching for three other individuals who had plotted the attack.

Media outlets identified the three wanted suspects as Gabriel Ortiz, Alberto Romero and Silverio Martínez. 

In a statement released by state prosecutor Alejandro Gómez, Ortiz, Romero and Martínez are being investigated for distributing and selling drugs and committing robberies for La Familia Michoacana. 

State of Mexico security minister Rodrigo Martínez-Celis called the attacks 'an affront to the Mexican state.'   

The 13 cops were assigned to the state police and state prosecutor's office in the State of Mexico.

The first incident took place between 1 and 2pm local time when the gunmen opened fire at a unit of five agents from the state police office and state attorney general's office investigative police division as they were preparing themselves for a patrol tour in Llano Grande, an area in the city of Coatepec Harinas.

All five officers and agents were killed. 

Gabriel Ortiz, Alberto Romero and Silverio Martínez are wanted by the State of Mexico Attorney General's Office for allegedly planning last Thursday's attack that left 13 cops dead

Gabriel Ortiz, Alberto Romero and Silverio Martínez are wanted by the State of Mexico Attorney General's Office for allegedly planning last Thursday's attack that left 13 cops dead

Moments later, the gang intercepted another three agents enlisted to the state attorney general's office and killed them while they were driving their pickup truck.

The assailants unleashed their third attack approximately 50 minutes later in the municipality of Zacualpan, executing another five cops while they were sitting inside a patrol SUV.   

In an audio call for backup for one of the worst mass slayings of security forces to rock the country in recent years, a cop could be heard saying, 'Ask for support for the Carmen (unit), we are being shot at, please, they're shooting at us in Llano Grande.'

Three Mexican law enforcement agents were left lying next to their pickup truck after they were ambushed by alleged members of La Familia Michoacana last Thursday in a series of attacks that left 13 police officers dead

Three Mexican law enforcement agents were left lying next to their pickup truck after they were ambushed by alleged members of La Familia Michoacana last Thursday in a series of attacks that left 13 police officers dead

Police in State of Mexico, Mexico, cordon off an area where five cops were shot dead next to their patrol vehicle last Thursday

Police in State of Mexico, Mexico, cordon off an area where five cops were shot dead next to their patrol vehicle last Thursday

Police officers work at a crime scene where gunmen killed at least 13 Mexican police officers in an ambush, in Coatepec Harinas, Mexico, last Thursday

Police officers work at a crime scene where gunmen killed at least 13 Mexican police officers in an ambush, in Coatepec Harinas, Mexico, last Thursday

Rodrigo Martínez-Celis, the security minister for the State of Mexico, called last Thursday's killings of 13 cops 'an affront to the Mexican state. We will respond with all force and support of the law.' Pictured above are the bodies of five four cops who were executed by alleged members of La Familia Michoacana

Rodrigo Martínez-Celis, the security minister for the State of Mexico, called last Thursday's killings of 13 cops 'an affront to the Mexican state. We will respond with all force and support of the law.' Pictured above are the bodies of five four cops who were executed by alleged members of La Familia Michoacana

Heavily armed security officers drive into the area where 13 law enforcement officers were killed after their convoy was ambushed by suspected drug traffickers in Coatepec Harinas, State of Mexico

Heavily armed security officers drive into the area where 13 law enforcement officers were killed after their convoy was ambushed by suspected drug traffickers in Coatepec Harinas, State of Mexico

The Attorney General's Office said agents Ricardo Mondragón, José Luis Gómora, Abraham Legorreta, Juan Carlos Villalobos and Jonathan Lazcano were among the victims.

The state police identified the other fallen officers as Alejandro Hernández; Ernesto Ramírez; Juan Morales; Guillermo Mixteco; David Guadarrama; Manuel Vázquez; Martín Morales and Mauricio Zárate.

Gómez said the state police and prosecutor agencies were already providing assistance to families of the fallen officers. 

La Familia Michoacana is led by Jonatán 'El Pez' Hurtado and his brother, José Alfredo 'El Fresa' Hurtado. 

El Pez or 'The Fish' has been on the State of Mexico Attorney General's radar since 2011, and they have been hunting for 'El Fresa' or 'The Berry' since 2014.

The bodies of five cops were left lying face down after they were executed by assassins

The bodies of five cops were left lying face down after they were executed by assassins

Two rewards of $24,600 has been offered for information leading to their capture.

The brothers were accused by authorities of infiltrating a military battalion and ordering its soldiers to unleash an attack that left 10 members of the rival Guerreros Unidos dead.

According to the Mexico's Attorney General's Office, La Familia Michoacana influenced local politicians and law enforcement agents in Teloloapan, Apaxtla de Castrejón, Cuetzala del Progreso, Balsas, Acapetlahuaya, Tlalchapa and Ametepec - all cities in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero.

The cartel was officially broken up in 2011 with the arrest of its leader, José de Jesús Mendez, according to United States authorities.

However, it continued to operate in the states of Guerrero and State of Mexico along with Mexico City, the nation's capital.

The criminal organization's fracture led to the creation of the New Familia Michoacana, which operates out of Guerrero and Michoacán, and forced the Hurtado brothers to forge a union with the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, one of the two most powerful criminal syndicates in the country.

The Drug Enforcement Administration 2020 National Drug Threat Assessment lists La Familia Michoacana as one of the nine  transnational criminal organizations from Mexico who 'are the greatest drug trafficking threat to the United States.'

1 comment:

  1. I mourn for Mexicans who live decent lives and are good people but are surrounded by drug cartels and a complicit government. There are 2 government sponsored cartels in Mexico, 1 is protected by the Justice Department on one side, and the Army on the other side.

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