January 26, 2011
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico â€” Federal police shot and killed a municipal policeman guarding the mayor of the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez on Tuesday night, raising tensions between security forces amid a fierce drug war.
Mayor Hector Murguia and the federal police had conflicting accounts of what led to the shooting.
Murguia said his bodyguards were outside a house where he was holding meetings when two masked federal police officers approached. He said his guards identified themselves but the federal police shot one of them anyway.
He identified the slain bodyguard as Jose Humberto Perez, 29, a city policeman assigned to the mayor’s security.