Friday 8 February 2013

Poncitlán police chief gunned down in Guadalajara

"A" marks the El Briseño neighbourhood 
Bernardo García Zetina, the police chief of Poncitlán, a town on Highway 35 northeast of Chapala and southeast of Guadalajara (see map, bottom), was gunned down just before 8pm this evening outside of his home on the outskirts of Guadalajara .

García Zetina was shot on the street in the El Briseño neighbourhood. The police chief, who was ex-military, was on Mateo del Regil street, near the cross with El Arroyo.  The El Briseño neighbourhood abuts the Periferico to the south and west of the city (see map, left).

According to witnesses, a van and a white or grey sedan approached García Zetina, whereupon several shots were fired, killing the chief.

Experts with the Jalisco Institute of Forensic Sciences (IJCF) found pistol and rifle cartridges at the scene.

This is the second police chief to have been killed so far this year in Jalisco, the first being the chief of Hostotipaquillo, who was killed in late January. For recent analysis on the evolving criminal landscape along the Jalisco/Michoacan border, see The Crown gang reshapes criminal alliances in Jalisco and Michoacán.

"A" marks Poncitlán

(TE Wilson is the author of Mezcalero, a Detective Sánchez novel.)

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