A Mexican federal police commander was arrested and charged with providing false information in the case of 14 officers accused of ambushing a U.S. Embassy vehicle in August, authorities said November 13.
Initial reports on the shooting, which wounded two CIA agents, said federal police mistook the embassy SUV for a criminal vehicle, but officials later said it appeared to be an intentional attack and raised the possibility it was staged at the behest of a drug cartel.
The inspector general was jailed November 12, accused of lying to authorities about what happened in the August 24 attack south of Mexico City, two government officials familiar with the case said. The 14 officers, who were formally charged with attempted murder, last week, were in plain clothes and civilian vehicles when they chased and fired at the gray Toyota SUV with diplomatic plates then peppered the windows of the armored vehicle with 152 bullets when it came to a stop.
Two CIA officers, whose identities have not been released by the U.S. government, had non-life-threatening injuries, and a third person in the car, a Mexican navy captain, was not hurt. The officers so far do not face organized crime charges. However, the Mexican attorney generals office has said the investigation is continuing, and it is still exploring whether the officers had links with organized crime.
Source: Associated Press, http://www.thereporter.com/news/ci_21992983/mexican-police-commander-linked-attack-u-s-embassy