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Nine dead after a gun battle between two rival gangs and police

Jalostotitlán, Jalisco — A confrontation between police and two rival gangs in the municipality of Jalostotitlán left eight gang members and one police agent dead.

The war of bullets took place during the nighttime hours when gun fire began between two rival gangs. According to local reports, the confrontation began around 11:00 p.m. after one gang ambushed another.

The city, which has a population of around 30,000, endured as gun fire continued in the city’s center before moving to the northern part of town. The constant gun fire unleashed panic among innocent residents which forced local police to bring in federal and military support.

Long lines of traffic were recorded and shared across social media as legal forces put check stops in place for anyone trying to enter or leave the city. Every artery was completely closed off by police as they inspected vehicles that passed.

The battle, which lasted about an hour, claimed the lives of eight gang members and one police agent as well as injuring three uniformed officers.

The deceased have not been identified, nor has it been confirmed which criminal group they belonged to. There has been no word on arrests. The Jalisco prosecutor’s office has initiated investigations into the incident, noting that the deceased officer was shot three times. One of the wounded officers was flown to a hospital in Guadalajara.

Numerous local media are pointing to this recent shooting in Jalostotitlán, combined with prison riot in which at least six police officers died in the state of Veracruz, as a reminder of the violence that has continued since the beginning of the presidential term of Enrique Peña Nieto.