Five killed in shootout in Mexican resort of Acapulco

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 14:00

Acapulco: Shootings in Mexico`s
Pacific coast resort of Acapulco left two police officers and three suspected drug cartel gunmen dead, police said.

The confrontations began when gunmen traveling in a
convoy of eight vehicles opened fire on an Acapulco municipal
police patrol car on Sunday, killing two officers.

Federal officers responding to the reports of gunfire
later located the convoy; in the ensuing gunfight, three
suspects were killed.

Police in Guerrero state, where Acapulco is located, said
in statement said that the three dead assailants were found
with assault rifles, military-style uniforms and bulletproof
vests.

Yesterday, Ramon Almonte, the Guerrero state police
chief, said he will ask the federal congress to make it easier
for common citizens to get permits for weapons to defend
themselves.

Almonte`s brother was killed on January 1 in a rural town
in Guerrero by unidentified gunmen. The state has been plagued
by such executions.

"When you fight someone and at least you have a `piece,`
the person who is attacking you might think twice," Almonte
said. "We cannot go on the way we are."

At present, Mexico`s constitution allows citizens to have
one or two low-caliber guns in their homes, but they must get
a permit from the Defense Department and the process is
complicated. Almonte did not give specifics on how he would
make it easier.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 14:00

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