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URGENT Five Police Killed In Shootout With Suspected Drug Traffickers

March 6, 1985

SAN FERNANDO, Mexico (AP) _ Five police officers were killed and three more were wounded when they tried to detain a truck loaded with marijuana on the outskirts of this northeastern town, a local judge said today.

Judge Dagoberto Herrera said in a telephone interview that apparently the police force were caught by surprise by two men traveling in the truck. The two men later were taken into custody, he said.

He said the officers killed and wounded made up the entire police force of the town of 40,000 people.

″The police didn’t have time to shoot because they still had the safety on their weapons,″ Herrera said.

A secretary at the district attorney’s office said the two men suspected of shooting the police had been arrested today in Reynosa, near the U.S. border, and were being interrogated there.

San Fernando is in the northeastern border state of Tamaulipas, 110 miles south of Matamoros on the road to the state capital, Ciudad Victoria.

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