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Tulum taxi passenger refuses to pay, attacks police with machete

Tulum, Q.R. — UPDATED: A man who refused to pay his taxi fare ended up in hospital after an altercation with police.

At 11:30 a.m., a Tulum taxi driver requested the support of police saying he had an aggressive passenger in his car who was refusing to pay the fare. Police arrived on Calle Ontario in Tulum where they attempted to talk to the taxi’s male passenger.

However during the talk outside the car, the man produced a machete which he began swinging at police, wounding both officers.

Before the man could swing again, one of the officers reacted by shooting the taxi passenger in the left leg.

Paramedics arrived to attend to the two wounded police officers, one of which suffered a head injury while the other suffered cuts to his hand. Both were transferred to hospitals.

The machete-wielding man was also transported to hospital where he was treated then arrested and forwarded to the Public Ministry’s Office for processing.

Photo: Noticecaribe

UPDATE: One of the two police officers involved in machete incident has been discharged from hospital.

With cuts to both arms and his face, the officer was hailed a hero as he left Tulum hospital Tuesday evening with the entrance lined with his fellow officers.

His partner, who received cuts to his neck, remains in hospital and is expected to be released this week.