MONTERREY, Mexico — Gunmen burst into the office of the police chief of a city in northern Mexico and shot him to death yesterday, authorities said.
Santa Catarina Police Chief German Perez was shot at least eight times, said a Nuevo Leon state police official, who agreed to give details of the case only if not quoted by name.
Witnesses told police that gunmen in two cars and three pickup trucks arrived at police headquarters in the afternoon and went straight to Perez’s office.
Perez’s killing came a day after three city Santa Catarina police officers were detained on suspicion of spying on officers in a neighboring town for the Zetas drug cartel. The city is a suburb of Monterrey; the region has been plagued by constant killings and reprisals since a rupture between the Gulf and Zeta cartels in late 2009.