MORELIA, Mexico – The police chief of Tiquicheo, a city in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, was killed by gunmen while driving on a state highway, prosecutors said.
Ivan Serrano Magaña was shot dead Saturday on the Morelia-Mil Cumbres highway near the village of El Vaquerito, the Michoacan Attorney General’s Office said.
Suspected drug traffickers ambushed the police chief while he was traveling with his wife to Morelia, the capital of Michoacan.
Serrano was shot once in the head and twice in the chest, but he still managed to bring his pick-up truck to a stop, get out and run toward a forest, the AG’s office said.
The gunmen opened fire on the police chief from an SUV that did not have a tag.
Officers from Serrano’s department engaged gunmen in a shootout last Friday in El Tepehuaje, a mountain village where officers found a “narco camp,” officials said.
Investigators are trying to determine whether Serrano’s killing and the raid on the camp are linked, the AG’s office said.
Tiquicheo is in the crime-ridden Tierra Caliente region, which gets its name from the high temperatures in the area and straddles Michoacan, Guerrero and Mexico states.
The Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion, Nueva Familia, Caballeros Templarios, H-3 and Viagras organizations, as well as some smaller drug gangs, all operate in Michoacan.