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Suspect in Shooting of US Consular Official in Western Mexico Arrested

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – A man suspected of shooting an official of the US Consulate in Guadalajara, the capital of the western Mexican state of Jalisco, has been arrested, the Jalisco state Attorney General’s Office said Sunday.

The suspect was detained in Guadalajara’s Providencia neighborhood by a special response unit and handed over to prosecutors, the AG’s office said in a short statement released over social media.

The gunman shot an unidentified US consular official on Friday in a Guadalajara shopping center, the AG’s office said in a statement released earlier this weekend.

The US government offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to the suspect’s identification and apprehension.

The consular official is in stable condition and has “responded well to medical treatment,” hospital spokesmen told EFE.

The wounded official is in charge of “doing interviews” and “approving visas” for people traveling to the United States, Jalisco Attorney General Eduardo Almaguer said.

The gunman opened fire as the US consular official got out of his vehicle in a shopping center parking lot, security camera images released by the consulate show.

The subject was armed with a small-caliber handgun and was wearing a wig and blue surgical scrubs, Almaguer said.

 

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