They shoot down a ‘pollero’ in Chiapas; villagers burn patrol

San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico.- The death of an alleged migrant smuggler after clashing with municipal police sparked protests and the burning of a patrol car in the Municipality of San Cristóbal de las Casas, in Chiapas.

Municipal police chased around 00:26 on Monday two men who, aboard a gray Ford truck with Mexico City plates, were illegally transferring five migrants through the streets of the Los Altos region.

The gun chase culminated in Colonia Peje de Oro, on the northern outskirts of the city, when the persecuted overturned the truck, which caused the death of Fernando “N” and left Marcelino “N” injured.

According to preliminary reports, the victim also had gunshot wounds.

In response, a group of between 40 and 60 residents blocked access to the facilities of the Zona Altos Prosecutor’s Office, as well as set fire to a municipal patrol in the Benito Juárez Extension.

In a message to local media, the dissidents, who recognized that their relatives were transferring migrants, demanded that the authorities repair the damage and hand over the body of Fernando “N”.

FGE will investigate qualified homicide

The State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) reported that it began the investigation folder against whoever is responsible for the crime of qualified homicide, without mentioning any responsibility of the local Police.

“At the scene of the events there was a Ford brand vehicle, type 150, gray with Mexico City license plates. Inside was the lifeless body of Fernando ‘N'”, it was explained.

“Marcelino, driver of the aforementioned unit, said that from Comitán de Domínguez, he was transporting five migrants, and when driving through San Cristóbal de Las Casas at approximately 00:26 hours, they were shot at on different occasions, resulting wounded and Fernando died. “N”, who was riding in the back seat.”

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