(MEXICO CITY) — Two U.S. government employees were shot Friday an incident involving the Mexican federal police. The two Americans were riding in an armored U.S. embassy SUV when they came under fire south of Mexico City.
Mexican police have released a statement in Spanish that has been translated into English:
“At 8 a.m. this morning, a U.S. embassy car with people front he U.S. embassy and one Mexican marine went off the road. A Mexican federal police car pulled beside them and showed they were armed. This alarmed [those riding in the] U.S. embassy vehicle and they drove off, causing the Mexican federal police to open fire because they thought they acted suspiciously,” the statement said.
The U.S. embassy vehicle was reportedly riddled with more than 30 bullets.
The two wounded U.S. embassy personnel were taken to a hospital in Cuernavaca and are in stable condition, The Washington Post reports.
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