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    Mexicali Police Commander Murdered--City s 70th Victim in 2004 July 15, 2004 Humberto Armenta Vizcarra, the operations commander of the Baja California
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      Mexicali Police Commander Murdered--City's 70th Victim in 2004
      July 15, 2004

      Humberto Armenta Vizcarra, the operations commander of the Baja California
      Ministerial Police in Mexicali, was shot to death while leaving his home
      early in the morning on Wednesday, July 14, 2004. Neither his wife nor his
      two daughters were home at the time of the killing. Armenta was shot 13
      times by a .22 caliber weapon.

      Armenta, 43 years old, had been working for Baja California's Procuraduría
      de Justicia del Estado (Attorney General's Office, PJE) for thirteen years
      at the time of his death.

      Found dead outside his home at 11:45 a.m. on July 14, police officials
      estimate that he was shot at about 6:50 a.m. It was at that time that
      another PJE employee had finished briefing Armenta via telephone as to the
      night's events in Mexicali.

      Neighborhood residents said they heard nothing and noted no suspicious
      activity in the neighborhood at that time.

      A crime scene expert with the PJE noted that Armenta's killer or killers had
      punctured a tire on his service vehicle so that he could not escape.

      Other PJE officers told the Mexicali newspaper that Armenta may have been
      killed because of problems with former or current Ministerial Police agents.

      As of yesterday according to police there were two main lines of
      investigation: Armenta's personal and work life.

      Source: La Crónica (Mexicali), July 15, 2004. Article by Gerardo Franco.

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