PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Coahuila — The score of a televised soccer match and alcohol was the reason for a fistfight that escalated into gunfire. A group of Mexican soldiers on their day off started fighting with some federal police and then fired as the cops were leaving. After the shooting, the soldiers also shot at local cops responding to the scene.
According to information provided to Breitbart Texas by state authorities, both the soldiers and the federal cops were off duty and out of uniform when they began fighting at a bar over the result of a televised soccer game. As they left the bar on September 16th Street, the soldiers loaded into a Pontiac Aztek and followed the federal cops leaving in a white car.
At the intersection of Ramon Cepeda and September 16th Streets, the soldiers fired at the cops. An SUV with Piedras Negras municipal cops were patrolling the area when the shooting began and tried to intervene but were also shot at.
The municipal police officers requested backup and chased the soldiers fleeing toward the local military headquarters. Local and state law enforcement officials responded to the scene and managed to arrest the four soldiers who were intoxicated. They were identified as Julio Cesar Hernandez De Leon, Jose Alonso Flores Reposo, Cristian Adam Michel, and Manuel Doris. The soldiers were taken to the attorney general’s office but were later turned over to military officials for direct charging.
Coahuila state investigators seized the Pontiac Aztek and found a Glock 9mm pistol with various spent bullet casings. The federal police officers’ vehicle was not recovered. Local hospitals did not report any patients with gunshot injuries. Recently, more than 100 federal police officers deployed to Piedras Negras to improve security as cartel violence continues to escalate in the northern part of the state.
Editor’s Note: Breitbart Texas traveled to the Mexican States of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, and Nuevo León to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels silencing their communities. The writers would face certain death at the hands of the various cartels that operate in those areas including the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas if a pseudonym were not used. Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles are published in both English and in their original Spanish. This article was written by “J.M. Martinez” from Coahuila.