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Rocky Point police chief shot in ambush, hospitalized

  • Spanish-language websites El Sol de Caborca and Numero Uno Online posted this photo of the victims' pickup truck peppered with bullet holes.
    Spanish-language websites El Sol de Caborca and Numero Uno Online posted this photo of the victims' pickup truck peppered with bullet holes.

The police chief of Puerto Peñasco, Mexico, and his bodyguard were shot Saturday night, according to numerous reports.

Erick Landagaray Macias and his bodyguard, Luis Huerta Ibarra, were ambushed around 11 p.m. while patrolling the resort town, also known as Rocky Point.

Landagaray was shot six times, reportedly with a AK-47. Ibarra was wounded seven times.

Landagaray was flown to a hospital in Hermosillo, were he is in critical but stable condition, according to a press release from the city's mayor, Alejandro Zepeda Munro.

Ibarra "is reportedly out of danger and doing as well as can be expected," according to the release.

"We are confident that this type of occurrence will not repeat itself in our city, as we wish to offer tranquility and security for all families," said Zepeda's release, as translated by rockypointnewonline.com.

The town will step up patrols following the shooting, according to the English-language website:

"Visitors should know that increased military and police presence on the streets of the city are to be expected as part of the standard operating procedure when something like this happens", said a high-ranking government official. "The increased patrols are just part of what we do to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors".

Spanish-language websites El Sol de Caborca and Numero Uno Online posted a photo of the victims' pickup truck peppered with bullet holes.

No arrests have been reported in the shooting, and Mexican authorities have not commented on a motive. In Mexico, attacks on police are usually linked to drug cartels.

The Arizona Republic reported that the shooting of Landagaray and Ibarra wasn't the only incident related to Rocky Point this weekend:

At least two other shooting incidents on Friday also had links to Rocky Point. According to Mexican news outlets, three Puerto Peñasco residents were murdered Friday in Sonoyta, the Sonoran town just south of Lukeville, while parked at a service station.

That same day, two vehicles sped out of Rocky Point in a chase along Highway 8 and wound up in a gunbattle north of town. Police arrived to find a bullet-riddled vehicle, but it was unclear whether anyone was killed or wounded.

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