CIUDAD VICTORIA (AP) — Saturday was a day of calm after a night of terror that saw civilians fleeing for safety from raging gunbattles.
The government of Tamaulipas, a border state, said that three gunmen, one of which was a leader from the Gulf Cartel were killed during a firefight with police.
A female municipal employee was also killed in crossfire during Friday night’s shootout. Two civilians and two suspects were also wounded.
The gunmen from the drug gang opened fire on soldiers and police who tried to stop them in one of their vehicles. Police discovered a bulletproof vehicle and a. 50-caliber sniper rifle at the scene of the shooting, which spread along the city’s boulevards.
A total of four suspected gunmen were arrested in Matamoros, located across the Rio Grande from Brownsville, Texas.
Gang members stole vehicles from the streets and set them ablaze to prevent motorists from getting around. Roadblocks were reported at 15 locations throughout the city.
Restaurants and shopping centers posted videos on social media showing people hiding behind walls and floors to get cover.
Tamaulipas officials claimed that the dead gang leader was Ariel Trevino alias “El Tigre,” a member of a group known as The Scorpions, which is a fearsome group of Gulf Cartel gunmen. According to the government, Trevino was the head of the cartel’s lookouts as well as heading up operations in smaller border communities.
Factions within the Gulf Cartel have been attacking police and each others for many years in and around Matamoros , and Reynosa.
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