Cancun, Q.R. — A Cancun police officer was killed in the line of duty Friday while in pursuit of armed youths. A residential report of four males, one of which was seen with a gun, was reported to police late Friday afternoon.
Responding officers located the group of four in Lombardo Toledano in SM 74 of Cancun. They were captured on city C5 surveillance cameras.
All four fled when they saw police, however, one turned and began to fire. Although police returned fire, one officer was shot in the head.
The deadly shootout happened on Revolución Street. The deceased officer has been identified as 42-year-old Municipal Officer Santos “M”. A second officer who was injured in the attack was taken to hospital. He was reportedly hit by gunfire and transferred to hospital in a patrol unit.
Additional officers responded to the request for assistance and were successful in apprehending one of the four youths. The youth, who looks to be barely 20, was handcuffed and taken away in the back of a police unit Friday. It is not clear if he is the shooter.
Cancun Mayor Ana Paty Peralta has since condemned the death of the city officer saying the incident will not go unpunished. In a social media message, Paty Peralta confirmed that the police officer died in the line of duty while responding to a report of armed people.
“I will not tolerate any act of violence against any citizen nor against any of our Public Security elements who bravely strive every day to maintain order and protect the tranquility of the people of Cancun,” she said.
“I want to tell all the people of Cancun that we will not stop continuing to build peace in our city,” she added.