JUAREZ, Mexico, Aug. 7 (UPI) — The newly appointed police commander in downtown Juarez, Mexico, was gunned down this weekend in an apparent ambush near the U.S. border, the department said.
Victor Nazario Moreno Ramirez, 32, was shot in his vehicle Saturday by a cadre of gunmen after two pickup trucks and two cars boxed him in near the Bridge of the Americas.
Another officer who was riding with Nazario was seriously wounded, the El Paso (Texas) Times said Sunday.
Investigators recovered 420 spent shells, likely from AK-47 assault rifles, at the scene of the shooting.
Nazario had been assigned to head up the municipal police district downtown on June 29 with orders to beef up patrols and response times, the El Paso (Texas) Times said Sunday. He had previously been commander of the department’s special-operations tactical unit, which responds to high-impact crimes.