Dec 18, 2013 1:06 PM by Brian White
PUERTO PENASCO - An early morning gun battle between criminal groups and Mexican military forces ended with at least 4 dead Wednesday.
The US Consulate in Nogales confirmed the shooting that occured at Sandy Beach, a popular tourist area:
El Imparcial and other Sonoran journalists reported that elements of the Mexican Navy and suspected criminal groups engaged in gunfire as early as 4 a.m.
Observers on scene that there were helicopters:
Alfonso Mora @Alfonsomora68 3h
@hilarioolea en estos momentos fuertes balaceras en Puerto Peñasco, con helicópteros y todo, parece guerra de guerrillas.
Helicopter gunships were seen firing into the Bella Sirena condominiums Wednesday morning, according to blog reports, the Tucson Weekly reported.
According the Arizona Daily Star:
Sonora state police say the incident started after a chase of a man driving a white Chevrolet pick up truck with California license plates Tuesday night in Sonoyta, the border town near the border crossing at Lukeville. Carlos Alberto Navarro Sugich, the state attorney general, told reporters the shootout was part of a federal police operation, but couldn't say who it involved.
The police caught up to the vehicle on the Puerto Peñasco – Sonoyta highway at kilometer 85 when the passengers started shooting at the police, the newspaper reported, leading to a chase all the way to Miramar, in the popular tourist area of Sandy Beach.?Two of the people killed were identified as Pablo Gómez Dominguez, 25, from Ahome, Sinaloa and Julio César Martínez Aguilar, 29, from Chihuahua, Chihuahua. The third person has not been identified.?Police found two assault weapons, a bullet proof vest and a radio, El Imparcial reported.