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Mexico Authorities Investigating 7 Cops In Killing Of Police Chief

June 29, 2011 By Staff

Today in Latin America

Top Story — Seven police officers in Mexico are under investigation for their alleged involvement in the killing of a police chief in a town in the northern state of Nuevo León. On Monday afternoon German Pérez, the police chief of the Monterrey suburb of Santa Catarina, was killed when gunmen opened fire inside the town’s police station. Nuevo León state spokesman Jorge Domene Zambrano said the officers under investigation did nothing to stop the attack. Santa Catarina’s public safety secretary is also being questioned about the shooting. Over the weekend several Santa Catarina police officers were fired and investigators are looking into the possibility of a revenge attack aimed at Pérez.

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[…] According to The Latin American Dispatch, Seven police officers in Mexico are under investigation for their alleged involvement in the killing of the Nuevo León’s police chief. German Pérez, the police chief of the Monterrey suburb of Santa Catarina, was killed when gunmen opened fire inside the town’s police station. Nuevo León state spokesman Jorge Domene Zambrano said the officers under investigation did nothing to stop the attack. Santa Catarina’s public safety secretary is also being questioned about the shooting. Over the weekend several Santa Catarina police officers were fired and investigators are looking into the possibility of a revenge attack aimed at Pérez. […]

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