Mexican policeman shot and killed day after surviving another attack

Saturday, November 11th 2006, 5:49 pm
By: News On 6

MEXICO CITY (AP) A district police chief in the border city of Tijuana was shot and killed a day after surviving another attempt on his life, Mexican media reported on Saturday.

Hector Gaxiola, chief of one of the city's nine police districts, was found shot to death in a vacant lot on Friday, newspapers reported. On Thursday, he had survived another shooting attack in which he was grazed by a bullet.

The body of another man, identified by the Tijuana newspaper El Mexicano as Gaxiola's brother, was found next to him. Both had been shot dozens of times.

Tijuana officials were not immediately available to confirm the report, nor was there any immediate information on possible motives for the killings.

Seventeen Tijuana police officers have been killed so far this year, many of them in violence believed to be related to turf battles between drug gangs.