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Playa del Carmen police officer shot, killed while inside Fifth Avenue booth

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — A member of the Playa del Carmen tourist police died in hospital after being shot Saturday night. The officer was hit by gunfire while inside a police booth at 38th Street and Fifth Avenue.

Reports say armed subjects took aim at the officer inside the booth around 11:10 p.m. Saturday. Although he was taken hospital, he died soon after arriving.

The area was cordoned off while police began their investigation. The deceased police officer has been identified as 25-year-old Roberto Jiménez. Police say he was shot twice from behind while sitting inside the police booth. Jiménez leaves behind a 7-year-old daughter.

On Sunday, Playa del Carmen mayor Lili Campos condemned the shooting that left the city officer dead.

“This assassination is a cowardly reaction to the operation that was carried out in coordination with the Sedena, Navy, National Guard, the Secretary of State Public Security and the Attorney General of the State of Quintana Roo (FGE) that ended with the arrest of some 30 people in the coastal area of Playacar,” she said.

On Saturday, police raided a beach area in the vicinity of Playacar that resulted in the arrest of 36 people on drug-related charges.