All I can say is... WHEN WILL IT END????

Police chief, 3 officers die in ambush
By Daniel Borunda / El Paso Times
Posted: 02/18/2009 12:00:00 AM MST

JUAREZ -- The head of the Juárez police department and three officers were killed in an ambush Tuesday on a day when protesters, claiming abuses by the Mexican army, blocked traffic to the international bridges into El Paso.

Police operations director Sacramento Perez Serrano, 49, was being escorted by the officers when the four-door police pickup they were riding in was riddled with gunfire in the upscale Zona Dorada (Golden Zone) area of the city about 5 p.m.

Perez and the three officers died in the attack near Paseo de La Victoria and Ejercito Nacional boulevards.

"They were on their way to the Babicora (police) station when they were ambushed by an armed commando," said Jaime Torres, city spokesman.

"They didn't have a chance to defend themselves. They died in the patrol unit."

Police were on "red alert" late Tuesday as an extensive search, including federal agents and soldiers, continued for the killers, officials said.

Perez, a Mexican army captain who had been a police official in Puebla, was named police director last July by city public safety secretary Roberto Orduña Cruz.

The ambush was part of an unrelenting wave of violence in the Juárez area that has left more 1,800 dead since January 2008.

On Monday, there were a dozen homicides, including two unidentified men who were found decapitated, reportedly with a note referring to them as extortionists.


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