- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

MEXICO CITY (AP) - The chief of investigations for the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas died a late-night gunbattle that also killed four gunmen, the state government said Tuesday.

Top state police investigator Salvador de Haro Munoz was killed late Monday in the state capital, Ciudad Victoria, after authorities went to investigate a local home that was apparently being used as a safe house by a criminal gang.

Officials say the gang began shooting after soldiers and police showed up, and they returned fire. Three marines and a military police officer were wounded in the confrontation.

After the gunbattle, five suspects were detained, including two women.

Tamaulipas has been the scene of bloody turf battles between the Gulf drug cartel and the Zetas drug gang.

Once one of Mexico’s most violent states, Tamaulipas had calmed somewhat by 2012, before violence re-ignited in recent weeks.

On Monday, officials reported that four gunmen were killed in a shootout with federal police in the border city of Reynosa. All of the dead men had rifles and bullet-proof vests.

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