Mexican judge probing cartels assassinated during morning jog

METEPEC, Mexico, Oct. 18 (UPI) — A Mexican judge investigating drug cartels, including Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel, died after he was shot in the head near Mexico City on Monday — an act captured on security video.

Vicente Antonio Bermudez Zacharias, a Mexican federal judge in charge of constitutional rights in civilian trials, was shot in the head by a gunman at about 7:30 a.m. while he was jogging.

In the video, Bermudez Zacharias, 37, is seen jogging on grass alongside traffic in Metepec, 30 miles west of Mexico City. A short-haired man dressed in what appears to be dark jeans and a long-sleeve black shirt runs up to him from behind and puts his gun behind Bermudez Zacharias’ head.

Bermudez Zacharias turns his head briefly before the gunman delivers the executing shot. The judge falls to the ground headfirst, lying on his side momentarily before falling flat on his back. The gunman runs back the way he came. Bermudez Zacharias does not move in the remaining nearly 30 seconds of video released.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto called the killing a “terrible” event and ordered his attorney general to investigate the case in order to “find those responsible.”

The gunman may have had the assistance of an accomplice and a getaway driver, El Universal reports.

Eruviel Ávila Villegas, the governor of the state of Mexico, said he expressed his condolences to the president of Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice, Luis Maria Aguilar.

“We have video precisely of this unfortunate act and it will surely help us to get this offender soon,” Ávila Villegas said.

An edited version of the disturbing video can be found here.


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