One police officer and five suspected gang members were killed in a gun battle in the northern city of San Pedro Sula, the Honduran security ministry said.
The shooting broke out during a police operation in the Sandoval neighborhood of Honduras’ second-largest city.
Police were in Sandoval to carry out arrests after repeated complaints from residents about crime, the ministry said.
Suspects armed with AK-47 assault rifles fired shots at police, who returned fire. An officer wounded in the exchange, Elmer Castillo, died later at a hospital.
Five reputed gang members died in the shootout and 15 others were arrested.
Castillo was a hero who died in the line of duty, police commander Cesar Johnson told reporters.
Sandoval residents said the gun fight went on for more than 30 minutes.
“At 90.4 homicides per 100,000 people, Honduras remains the most violent country in the world,” the Assessment Capacities Project, an initiative of several international NGOs, said in a report released last month.