Mexican Suspected in Police Killings Beheaded

AP, Dec. 2, 2008

A man suspected of shooting his mother and killing three police officers called to the scene was found beheaded in southern Mexico on Tuesday, authorities said.

Fabian Ramirez’s head was found at a highway intersection in Iguala, a town southwest of Mexico City, according to a statement from the Guerrero state Public Safety department.

A message was found nearby: “This is what happens to all those who kill a police officer or a soldier.”

The department said Ramirez shot his 50-year-old mother in the back Monday, wounding her. He then allegedly killed three police officers who arrived at the scene, including Iguala’s police chief.

Police captured Ramirez later that day, but four armed men broke into the jail and took him away by force.

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The four armed men were dressed in black and had lettering on their clothes identifying them as agents of Mexico’s Federal Investigative Agency, the statement said. However, none of the police officers who had been guarding Ramirez recognized the four men, the department said.

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The message was signed, “the people’s avenger.”

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