Moment heroic cop saves three government officials from being executed by hit squad inside a restaurant in Mexico
- A police officer assigned to protect a district attorney in Veracruz, Mexico, thwarted an assassination attempt by three gunmen on Tuesday
- Veracruz district attorney Marisela Rojas; Congresswoman Florencia Martínez; and an unnamed councilman were at a restaurant when the attack took place
- The cop, who is part of Rojas’ security detail, opened fire after immediately noticed a gunman at the restaurant in the city of Villa de Oluta
- Veracruz governor Cuitláhuac García said several arrests were made and the the vehicle used in the attack was located and seized
- García said the attack was related to the investigation of a January 15 shooting at a bar in the city of Acayucan that left two people dead
- Authorities said no injuries or casualties were reported in the incident
A police officer in Mexico is being hailed as a hero after he foiled an attempted assassination on three government officials at a restaurant on Tuesday.
Surveillance video footage shows the hitmen running towards the entrance of the eatery in Villa de Oluta, a municipality in the southern state of Veracruz.
The cop can be seen sitting at a table next to Veracruz district attorney Marisela Rojas, local Congresswoman Florencia Martínez, and an unnamed councilman when one of the gunmen steps into the restaurant and draws his weapon.
The alert agent, who is assigned to Rojas’ security detail, quickly stands up and engages the shooter as Rojas, Martínez and customers dive to the ground.
One of the three assassins (top right) stares his targets (bottom left) at a restaurant in Veracruz, Mexico, on Tuesday before he opened fired and nearly killed district attorney Marisela Rojas and Congresswoman Florencia Martínez. No injuries or casualties were reported. The shooter and two accomplices have not been arrested
An alert police officer, who works as part of the security detail team for Veracruz district attorney Marisela Rojas, opens fire at one of the three hitmen at a restaurant on Tuesday
Florencia Martínez, a Congresswoman representing the Mexican state of Veracruz, thanked the courageous effort exhibited by a police officer when three armed men opened fire inside a restaurant where she was dining with district attorney Marisela Rojas on Monday. The governor of Veracruz said the attack was related to the current investigation being carried out by Rojas’ office after two people were shot dead at a bar
The gunman and his two accomplices, who were armed with military rifles, continue to fire inside the restaurant.
The police officer has to duck to avoid being struck before he sends them running away.
The officials and the customers were not injured.
Security forces were deployed for a ground and air search throughout Villa Oluta and the nearby cities of Acayucan, Soconusco, Suyula and Texisepec.
The governor of Veracruz, Cuitláhuac García told reporters Wednesday that the attack was related to the ongoing investigation of a January 15 bar shooting in Acayucan that left two people dead.
García said that several arrests were made – without pointing out if all three shooters were detained – and that the vehicle used by the gunmen in the assault had been located and seized.
A message on Rojas’ Facebook account lauded the cop’s courageous effort in saving the lives of many during the attack.
Surveillance camera captured the moment three armed men attempted to rush inside a restaurant and execute three Veracruz government officials
A police officer shields himself from fire during a shootout with three hitmen inside a restaurant in Veracruz, Mexico, on Tuesday
El Delirio, a restaurant in Villa Oluta, a municipality in the Mexican southern state of Veracruz, was the scene of Monday’s failed assassination attempt against three government officials
‘Today more than ever I thank God for allowing me to live one more day; also to all the people for their messages of support and especially to all the law enforcement agencies, as well as to officer for his bravery and reaction,’ she wrote.
‘Today, there was an attack while I was eating with part of my work team, where the district attorney was also present. Thanks to the prompt reaction of the security agent there were no injuries or wounds.’
The attack was the second against a district attorney in Veracruz since April 22, 2020 when Raúl Téllez was shot dead in Acayucan.