A kingpin’s killing puts the complexity and brutality of Mexico’s drug war on vivid display

2/14/2017 Business Insider

Spent Shell CasingsOn the evening of February 9, a Mexican navy helicopter hovering over the city of Tepic in the Pacific coast state of Nayarit laced a home with a six-second stream of machine-gun fire.

Mexican officials said the gunfire came because gunmen had shot at marines with “high-caliber” weapons in the area and then barricaded themselves in the upper level of a house.

One official told the Associated Press that the Black Hawk helicopter had been called in for “dissuasive fire,” meant to suppress fire from the house.

“To reduce the level of aggression and lower the risk of death among civilians and federal forces, (troops) repelled the attack with the support of dissuasive fire from a helicopter,” a statement from the Mexican navy said.

Mexican marines were engaged in the initial exchange but were then joined by federal police and the army.

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