TEGUCIGALPA – Honduras’ government on Friday launched an operation to track down those behind an attack targeting a police reform commissioner that left one police officer dead and two others wounded.
“The necessary instructions have been given to alert all the security agencies and deploy all available resources nationwide to track down the perpetrators of this attack,” the Honduran presidential chief of staff, Reinaldo Sanchez, said in a prepared statement.
Evangelical pastor Jorge Machado, named in April by President Juan Orlando Hernandez to a Special Commission responsible for rooting out corruption in the National Police force, was the apparent target of Thursday’s attack.
One member of his Military Police security detail, Geovany Calderon, was killed outside Machado’s residence and two others were wounded, authorities said.
Sanchez, who lamented the police officer’s death, said Machado and his wife were unharmed.
He added that Honduras’ Security Secretariat had offered a 500,000 lempira ($21,170) reward for information leading to the arrest of the assailants.
The attack occurred on the same day it was announced that 419 National Police force members had been dismissed after being evaluated by the Special Commission.
That commission also is made up of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Vilma Morales, civil society representative Omar Rivera and evangelical pastor Alberto Solorzano.