Authorities in Sonora arrested two former Mexican Army soldiers after they and other gunmen took part in a shootout with state police forces. The two men are believed to have taken part in a cartel attack moments before the clash with authorities.
The shootout took place on Monday morning in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, where authorities responded to a call about a cartel shooting, information from the Sonora Security Council revealed.
En #Cajeme, Policía Estatal y Sedena detuvieron a dos individuos que pertenecieron al Ejército Mexicano y ya no se encontraban activos en la institución, por agresión con arma de fuego en contra de una persona.
— Mesa Estatal de Seguridad del Estado de Sonora (@MesaSegSonora) April 24, 2023
State police forces and military forces responded to the scene and while carrying out a manhunt spotted two gunmen in military uniforms that were riding in a white Mazda SUV. Moments later, the gunmen fired at authorities while attempting their escape.
Desertores militares detenidos podrían ser agresores de en dos eventos armados registrados este lunes en #CiudadObregón y #Esperanza 1/2
Boletín completo ⬇️https://t.co/mzMPa8W6LK pic.twitter.com/diyimj09qd
— Fiscalía de Sonora (@fgjesonora) April 25, 2023
Following an intense shootout, authorities arrested the two gunmen after they crashed their vehicle. Both men sustained gunshot wounds. According to information released by the Sonora Attorney General’s Office, the two gunmen are Mexican Army deserters identified only as Rogelio “N” and Leonardo David “N.” One had been based in Coahuila while the other was based in Sonora. The information did not specify which criminal organization the gunmen worked for. Authorities also did not specify if additional gunmen took part in the shootout. Officials reported seizing three rifles, three helmets, and three tactical vests with body armor.
The two shootings come at a time when the Mexican state of Sonora continues to experience high levels of violence as factions of the Sinaloa Cartel clash with each other as well as with the Caborca Cartel over lucrative trafficking routes into the United States.
Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-winning journalist with Breitbart Texas. He co-founded Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and senior Breitbart management. You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook. He can be contacted at Iortiz@breitbart.com.
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