By “El Huaso” for Borderland Beat
|Julio López López speaking on TV, separate event. Photo from API Guerrero.|
Julio López López, the director of Municipal security of Huitzuco, Guerrero, was injured in a gunfight with armed civilians on Tuesday night, December 20, 2022. According to a press release, López and several officers were responding to reports of a stolen vehicle between the towns of Eschuchapa and Atopula, to the east of Huitzuco, when they were ambushed around 7 p.m..
According to Sur Acapulco, López was first brought to the Huitzuco hospital, but was later transferred to the larger hospital of Iguala due to his severe injuries. The Municipal President of Huitzuco, Eder Nájera, said in a statement on his Facebook page that López’s condition is now reported as stable. Sur Acapulco also reported that one of the attackers was captured, but this has not been confirmed by authorities.
According to think tank Causa en Común, 387 police officers have been killed in Mexico this year. Guerrero and Michoacán are tied to be the states with the third highest counts of police killings this year, with 24 each. Their data show that Municipal Police Officers are the most likely to be killed.
Sources: Sur Acapulco, API Guerrero, Quadratin Guerrero, Eder Nájera Facebook, Causa en Común