Sunday, August 7, 2011

26 Asensión Municipal Police In Chihuahua Resigned After Two Were Killed By Armed Men

State police and Mexican military take over jurisdiction in Asensión.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 7, 2011

Asensión, Chihuahua, Mexico - On Thursday, Mayor Jaime Domínguez Loya of Asensión in the municipality of Casas Grandes confirmed that all 26 municipal police officers had resigned after two were murdered and a 23-year-old policewoman was injured in an ambush. The officers, Luis Ernesto Baltierrez Morales, 33, and David Alfredo Chacón Navarro, 40, were killed on Tuesday by unknown drug cartel members trying to take over the area. Navarro had just recently joined the force.
The 26 officers decided to turn in their uniforms, weapons and resigned for fear of losing their lives. The police department was attacked about a week ago and the recent killing of the two officers led to their resignations, according to Domínguez Loya.
Last week, Mayor Domínguez Loya requested the Chihuahua State Attorney's Office (PGR) to send state police and federal troops to patrol his town. Both the state police and federal troops began patrolling Asensión over the weekend, according to the PGR.
On May 14, Asensión Police Chief Manuel Martínez Arvizo and two of his bodyguards were kidnapped and then killed while returning from a law enforcement training session at the Casas Grandes municipality. The bodies of Arvizo and his bodguards were found a day after they were killed.

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