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Cancun officer killed in shootout that left 5 dead

Cancun, Q.R. — UPDATED: A shooting between police and a group of youths in Cancun has left five dead and three injured, including two police.

The shootings occurred outside a restaurant in Punta Sam in SM 86 of the city. Preliminary reports say that the shootings took place after the commander, who was in the vicinity of the Kukulcán restaurant, became a target.

At approximately 11:15 p.m., shots were fired after men entered a building and opened fire against the commander. The confrontation between the youths and police resulted in five being killed and three, injured.

The General Coordination of Communication of the Government of the State of Quintana Roo confirmed the shootings, while the general prosecutor of the state confirmed the dead and injured.

“There were no tourists or foreigners among the injured or deceased. A ministerial officer lost his life and another was wounded. The injured were transferred by ambulance for medical attention. The confrontation was registered in a closed place, not in a restaurant,” the statement said.

One of the deceased is a Cancun ministerial police officer who has been identified as Juan Carlos M.L.

Of the injured, Commander Hector C.B, from the municipality of Isla Mujeres, was taken to hospital in Cancun where he remains. There is no update as to the seriousness of his injuries.

UPDATE: Since the shooting, the prosecutor’s office says investigators found 105 casings that were from four different weapons used during the shootout.  There was also damage to nearby structures including the Kukulkán restaurant.

Attorney General’s Office says that of the five deceased, three have been officially identified as Ministerial Police agent Juan CM L, 41 years old, Javes C. F, 31 and Lorenzo C. N, 51 years of age.