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Mexico Arrests Suspects In Shooting Death Of ICE Agent; Says It Was Mistaken Identity

February 24, 2011 By Staff

The Mexican town of San Luis Potosí.

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Top StoryMexican officials said Wednesday that they arrested the presumed leader of a group of killers involved in the recent shooting death of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent and the injuring of another.

Mexican authorities paraded Julián Zapata Espinosa, alias “El Piolín,” the alleged leader of the group, and and five other men before the news media. They also arrested three women, including Zapata’s wife, and a minor.

The two ICE agents were attacked on a major highway near the central city of San Luis Potosí, after the gunmen spotted the agents driving in a dark sport utility vehicle on February 15 and pursued them before opening fire.

The shooting was allegedly a case of mistaken identity.

“They confused the look of the car and thought the (agents) were working for a rival gang,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement, according to Reuters.

ICE director John Morton said that the investigation is still ongoing and that the U.S. is working closely with Mexican officials “as it unfolds.”

“We welcome the arrest announced today by Mexican authorities,” said Laura Sweeney, a Department of Justice spokeswoman in Washington, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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