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Mexican small-town mayor killed by police chief

July 22, 2013

VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) — Prosecutors in southern Mexico have arrested the police chief of the small town of Aquila for allegedly shooting the mayor to death following an argument.

The prosecutors’ office in the southern state of Oaxaca says the shooting occurred at a party in Aquila early Monday. The office hasn’t revealed what the two argued about.

Prosecutors identify the police chief as Adan Gonzalez and the dead mayor as Geronimo Manuel Garcia Rosas.

More than two dozen mayors have been killed in Mexico since 2006. Drug gangs are suspected in some of those killings, but a dispute between a mayor and his local police force was the motive in at least one other of the killings.

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