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Veteran Cancun police officer shot, killed while on duty

Cancun, Q.R. — A police officer who was shot and killed inside his guardhouse Tuesday night has been identified as Jorge Alberto Tun.

This new attack against elements of the Public Security of Benito Juárez took place around 11:00 p.m. Tuesday when emergency 911 received the call. According to preliminary information, Alberto Tun was shot through the window of the guardhouse while on duty.

The single shot pieced the glass. He died before medical personnel could help. Reports say he was attacked by two alleged assassins who were driving aboard a white Avenger-type car. The car was found abandoned hours later on Yaxché Avenue in the Las Palmas subdivision.

The Municipal Secretary of Public Safety released a statement:

The police body of the Municipal Secretariat of Public Safety and Transit of Benito Juarez expresses its sympathy and external condolences to the family and loved ones of our police officer who courageously and in compliance with his duty, lost his life at 23:00 while he was on duty at the police base in Region 102, as a result of a cowardly attack perpetrated by criminals who were traveling in a Dodge vehicle model Avenger, white.

With the support of the security forces represented in the municipality, the search for those responsible continues.

The municipal secretary of Public Safety and Traffic of Benito Juárez confirms its commitment to serve and protect with value to the citizenship!

Jorge Alberto Tun had been a member of the police force for 24 years.

This is the third attack against police officers this month. Earlier in January, two police officers were shot at while in their unit in Cancun. The driver of the police unit was hit multiple times and remains in hospital.

On Wednesday afternoon, a live grenade was thrown at a state police truck in Cancun. The grenade failed to detonate.  A specialty unit was brought in to remove the device so it could be transferred to military facilities for controlled detonation.

Cancun police are still hunting for suspects in all three cases.