Once again the government in this border state continues to manipulate information in order to minimize the scope of the violence and the true number of casualties left by the regular gun battles in this city.

On Tuesday, Mexican authorities and cartel gunmen faced off in yet another firefight that began as a chase through Puerto Rico and Seccion 16 neighborhoods and ended in Hacienda del Puente neighborhood. The firefight killed four gunmen, however the news release provided by the Tamaulipas government provides an alternate version of events that omits the casualties. The news release by the government instead focuses on the arrest of a cartel gunman and the seizure of weapons.

According to the “official” version, state police officers had been patrolling when they heard the sound of gunfire. The police officers spotted a late model Dodge Ram 1500 speeding off. Authorities chased the vehicle to the Hacienda Las Fuentes where the gunmen got out of the truck and began a firefight. According to the government version of events, authorities arrested 21-year-old Miguel Angel Rodriguez Martinez and the rest managed to run away. The government also noted that the truck they had seized from the gunmen was reported as stolen.

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