Our man in Tres Marias?
The incident last Friday, in which an armored Toyota SUV with diplomatic plates was fired on by Federal Police, wounding two U.S. “diplomatic personnel” and slightly injuring a Mexican marine officer, is still under investigation. Despite the apparent attempts to simply blame the nearest suspect (the Federal Police), I tend to believe that they were indeed trying to stop a fleeing kidnapping suspect.
I certainly don’t tend to always believe the police (quite the opposite, living in Mexico) but the undue haste to arrest the officers in what appears to be a communications failure, and a type of incident that has happened to non-diplomatic types in unarmored cars that look a lot less than gangster-mobiles that that SUV did, have been killed in the past.
While I’m not all that surprised that a diplomatic car… or any other car… was on that particular stretch of that particular highway, which is, after all, the main route to Cuernavaca, I am dubious about the nature of a trip in which presumed DEA agents were travelling with diplomatic plates to what appears to have been a semi-clandestine meeting… that is, it certainly looks like neither the Federal Police, nor the Army (which the Mexican naval escort called for backup) knew anything about the travel plans.
And… while we’re at it. I can’t vouch for this photo, said to have been taken at the scene, but who is the guy in civilian clothing wearing a mask and a Mexican marine helmet, and carrying a pistol?