On Friday afternoon at
around 14:00 hrs, a shooting between agents of the State Attorney General’s
Office of Jalisco and criminals took place. The encounter happened at the
intersection Boulevard Colón and Calle De las Américas in the municipality of
Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, located some 15 kilometers south of Guadalajara’s center.
The balance of the skirmish; five criminals were killed and four other people
(three thugs and one uninvolved passer-by) were wounded. No casualties were
reported among the security forces. Reportedly, the shootout erupted when the
agents noticed and subsequently approached/confronted the armed men riding in
two trucks, a Mazda CX5 and a Toyota Hilux.
It remains unclear to
which criminal group the deceased and wounded belong. However, it should be
noted that just hours before this incident, security forces managed to arrest
Jesús Ricardo Patrón Sánchez, alias “El H3” or “El Diabólico”, in Tlajomulco de
Zúñiga (unfortunately, reports have not specified where exactly in the
municipality). According to reports, “El H3” (who should not be confused with
Michoacán’s formerly infamous criminal group with the same name (H3/La Tercera
Hermanda) was a local plaza boss for the Beltrán Leyva Organization, which is
obviously not existing with this name anymore. More precisely, “El H3” was
plaza boss for Los Mazatlecos in
Tepic (State of Nayarit), situated about 185
kilometers northwest of Guadalajara. Los Mazatlecos is one if not the most
prominent and strongest of all the criminal groups which have emerged some
years ago from the Beltrán Leyva Organization. The brother of “El H3”, Juan
Francisco Patrón Sánchez aka “El H2”, was shot dead by security forces in
February 2017 alongside several of his sicarios in the course of a massive
security operation in Tepic. “El H2” was Nayarit plaza boss and considered one
of the most important lieutenants working under Los Mazatlecos leader Fausto
Isidro Meza Flores, alias “El Chapo Isidro”.
shooting took place shortly after the arrest of “El H3”, as well as potentially
geographically near (for sure in the same municipality), it is possible that
the killed criminals were belonging to the entourage of “El H3”. However, this
is pure speculation. As a side note, another open question up for speculation
is what the reason for the presence of “El H3” in Tlajomulco de Zúñiga was
exactly about, given that his home base is in Nayarit.
considering that Tlajomulco de Zúñiga is one of the contested areas between
CJNG and its splinter group the Nueva Plaza Cartel, which has a known presence
there, the deceased criminals’ affiliation to one of the two groups would be
highly credible as well.