Gunmen kill town's last police officer in Valley of Juárez
Gunmen on Tuesday killed the last remaining police officer of the village of Guadalupe in the Valley of Juárez.
Joaquin Hernandez was in a police patrol truck when he was shot and killed along with an unidentified man on the Juárez-Porvenir highway, Channel 26-KINT reported. Hernandez's son was wounded in the attack and taken to a hospital in Juárez.
KINT reported that Hernandez was the village police chief and its only officer after the rest of the police force quit following the abduction and killing of the previous chief, Maximo Carrillo Limones, last month. Hernandez had been among the officers who resigned but had returned to the job last Thursday.
"The police department in the municipality of Guadalupe, Chihuahua, population about 9,000, was officially shut down this week after its chief — and only officer — was assassinated.
Joaquín Hernández shared the same fate as his predecessor, victim of a criminal gang that saw him as an obstacle. He was traveling on the Juárez-Porvenir, en route to investigate a vehicle accident, when he was killed by four men traveling in another vehicle.
His 14-year-old son died with him, and another passenger — a citizen Hernández had convinced to join the force — was seriously wounded.
On Tuesday, Mayor Gabriel Urteaga Núñez took the criminals’ message to heart and put a lock on the police station door. The criminals, he said, appear to think there shouldn’t be a municipal police force, so now there isn’t one."