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Tulum officer killed and three injured in highway ambush

Tulum, Q.R. — One Tulum police officer is confirmed dead and three others injured in an off-duty highway shooting. The car in which the four men were traveling was targeted in an ambush Tuesday morning in the municipality of Tulum.

All four officers held different positions with Tulum Public Security. The shooting was reported to Emergency 911 around 9:00 a.m. Responding officers located the car near the town of Francisco Uh May, a town approximately 24 kilometers north-northwest of the town of Tulum.

The men were traveling home for a 24-hour leave at the time of the attack. The car was ambushed by a white Tsuru. Subjects from inside the Tsuru began shooting at the private vehicle carrying the off-duty police officers. One died at the scene. Two others were taken to hospital in serious condition.

The deceased Tulum police officer has been identified as Geovanny “C”. Two others, José “G” and José “R”, were injured and taken to hospital. A fourth officer from inside the car, Orlando “N”, was not seriously injured and able to provide police with details.

Tulum authorities are continuing a search for those responsible.

Tulum Mayor Diego Castañón Trejo has since issued a public statement.

“In relation to the tragic event in which one of our brave elements lost his life, I wish to express my strongest condemnation of this unfortunate attack against the Tulum police officers who were off duty at the time of the incident.

“At this time, the Secretary of Public Security and Citizen Protection of Tulum, headed by Ricardo Morales Santo, is collaborating closely with the three levels of government to identify and capture those responsible for this reprehensible act.

“In addition, I have given precise instructions for an exhaustive internal investigation to be carried out to help clarify the facts and discover the truth behind this event that deeply affects our community.”