- The Washington Times - Monday, March 23, 2009

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Gunmen have killed a state police commander in charge of investigating kidnappings and extortion in the western state of Michoacan.

Edgar Garcia was sitting at a red light in his car Sunday when two other vehicles pulled up and opened fire, the state government said in a communique late Sunday. He died at the scene.

State police in a nearby patrol car chased the suspects. One of the cars went out of control and crashed into a university building, according to the statement. A gunman got out of the car and began shooting at police, injuring one officer. Police then shot the gunman dead while his partner fled with apparent gunshot wounds.

The suspects in a second car also got away.

At the same time across town, gunmen opened fire on another patrol car, injuring one officer. The statement said they then fled, stealing several other cars at gunpoint make it harder for police to follow them.

Also Sunday, in Acapulco, officials reported finding a man buried in shallow grave. It was unclear how he died.

Last week in the same resort city, authorities uncovered the bodies of four young men who appeared to have been bound and hacked to death with machetes and buried in another shallow grave.

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