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WATCH: El Chapo’s Son Arrested In Mexico, Cartel Violence Erupts
In this AFPTV screen trucks burn in a street of Culiacan, capital of jailed kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's home state of Sinaloa, on October 17, 2019. - Heavily armed gunmen in four-by-four trucks fought an intense battle against Mexican security forces Thursday in the city of Culiacan, capital of jailed kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's home state of Sinaloa.
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Serious gun fire erupted on the streets of Culiacan, Sinaloa, after Mexican law enforcement officials reportedly captured Ovidio Guzman, the son of convicted Sinaloa cartel drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

Journalist Robert Arce was the first to report the unredacted mugshot of Ovidio Guzman who “sought to take control of the Sinaloa cartel along with his older brother, Ivan Archivaldo Guzman Salazar, after their father was captured and extradited to the United States in 2017,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

In his report at Breitbart, Arce wrote that sources confirmed that the arrest is what “sparked an intense deployment of Sinaloa Cartel gunmen to the scene of the incident and later the offices of the Federal Prosecutor’s office in [an] attempted rescue effort.”

A source told The Daily Wire that family members of military personnel were being warned that truckloads of cartel gunmen were searching for the relatives of Mexican army personnel in retaliation for the capture of El Chapo’s son.

On social media, numerous posts showed intense gun fire erupting around the city as innocent bystanders rushed to find cover.

Cartels appear to have set fire to numerous vehicles in a road block that they set up in an effort to prevent backup from Mexican authorities from arriving on scene.

Other footage showed what appeared to be automatic fire:

Other photos showed vehicles that were apparently destroyed by the cartels:

Bystanders trying to flee the area after intense gun fire breaks out:

A man opens fire using what appears to be a .50 caliber sniper rifle:

Other video showed cartel gunmen armed with .50 caliber machine guns mounted on top of trucks driving around the area:

More intense gun fire:

The Mexican military arrives on scene:

Innocent bystanders hide in a supermarket as gunfire erupts:

The fighting continued into the night:

The Los Angeles Times added that the Sinaloa Cartel – which has long been the most prolific drug trafficking organization in the world – has faced increasing challenges to its dominance from the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).

The CJNG is suspected to be behind a massacre on Monday in the western Mexican state of Michoacan.

“The federal public security ministry said 14 police were killed, though its Michoacan state counterpart reported that 13 officers were confirmed dead and three injured,” Reuters reported.

Reuters added that photographs of the crime scene “showed large placards signed by ‘CJNG’ left on police vehicles.”

CJNG reportedly warned law enforcement in the area to not support rival criminal organizations.

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