CULIACAN, Mexico – A shootout in the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa left 19 suspected drug cartel enforcers dead and five police wounded, a state security official told EFE on Saturday.
The clash occurred Friday night in Villa Union, a town in the municipality of Mazatlan, when municipal police came under attack by individuals riding in four vehicles, said Sinaloa’s deputy public safety secretary, Cristobal Castañeda.
The officers received backing from army and navy personnel and state police.
Two of the municipal police were grazed by bullets in the head area, two others were shot in the legs and one was wounded in the arm, the state Public Safety Secretariat said in a statement.
It added that authorities seized four vehicles, a dozen AK-47 rifles and two AR-15 rifles, a shotgun and seven handguns at the scene.
Castañeda hailed the bravery of the municipal police officers, saying that despite being outnumbered they had managed to repel the attack with support from the state and federal forces.