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Gunmen ambush Cancun city police unit

Cancun, Q.R. — Several gunmen ambushed a city police unit in Cancun Monday leaving two wounded.

Gunmen in the subdivision of Vilas del Sol in Cancun ambushed a city patrol unit Monday on a closed street. Several gunmen were reported to have fired on the police unit, hitting at least once officer.

The shooting took place at noon when police were fired upon while sitting at the corner of Talleres Avenue and Villa Imperial Street. Police say at least 19 shots were fired at their unit by two types of weapons, one AR-15 and one AK-47.

One policeman, Enrique Martínez Arévalo, was wounded in the leg and was the only reported injured officer.

The attack resulted in the activation of Code Red with additional units rushing to the scene in an attempt to arrest those involved.

Additional police scoured the area, blocking off 155 Street were the gunmen were seen. As they were preparing to shoot at the new units, municipal police opened fire, hitting one of the shooters. Two of the gunmen were arrested.

Unconfirmed reports say the gunmen were hired to execute police who were believed linked to drug gangs. Authorities have not confirmed these reports.

The wounded policeman was transferred in a private ambulance to the IMSS for treatment. The injured gunmen was transferred to the General Hospital of Cancun.

The two men arrested have been identified as 20-year-old Manuel Aldair from Cancún and Eduardo “N”, 43 years old from Chiapas. A gray Ford Ranger vehicle was also secured at the site.

In December, two Cancun policemen were fired at while on duty in their police vehicles. In January, a veteran police officer was shot and killed inside his guardhouse in Cancún.

In February, an off-duty police officer was shot and killed outside a school in Playa del Carmen when he arrived to pick up one of his children.