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Man arrested in shooting of American consular official in Guadalajara

January 8, 2017

The shooting of the consular agent was captured on CCTV.

American and Mexican authorities have arrested the man believed to be responsible for the nonfatal shooting of a US consular official in the western city of Guadalajara.

“The detention of the aggressor against the consular agent has been achieved,” said Eduardo Almaguer, attorney general in the state of Jalisco, where Guadalajara is located, on Sunday morning. “The suspect has been handed over to Mexico’s federal attorney general’s office.”

He did not provide any further details but a source within the Guadalajara police force, who spoke on condition of anonymity, identified the suspect as Zafar Zia, a 31-year-old US citizen of Indian origin.

The source said Zia was captured in a joint operation by the FBI, DEA and Jalisco state officials in Guadalajara’s affluent Providencia neighbourhood early on Sunday morning. The suspect had a .380 caliber pistol tucked into his waistband when he was arrested. The authorities also seized a Honda Accord with California license plates, a wig and sunglasses that may match those seen in footage of the shooting, and 16 ziplock bags containing 336 grams of a substance believed to be marijuana…

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