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Latino Daily News

Friday June 15, 2012

LATINO BLOTTER: 2 Men Chase, Murder Well-Known Doctor Near Border in Nogales After he Tries to Flee

LATINO BLOTTER: 2 Men Chase, Murder Well-Known Doctor Near Border in Nogales After he Tries to Flee

Photo: Fransisco Javier Salazar Nolasco, Abraham Minjares Covarrubias shot Dr. Armando Flores Haro

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Mexican authorities have two men believed to be behind the murder of a well-known doctor.

At around 8:35 p.m. Monday night, two men cut off Dr. Armando Flores Haro, who driving his Arizona-plated 2006 Jeep Liberty SUV in Nogales, Sonora. The doctor attempted to flee by making a U-turn, but was chased, rammed by the suspects’ car, and shot multiple times when he reportedly tried to run. (Some reports say he was shot while still in his vehicle, while others say he had run a few yards before he was fatally shot.)

According to a press release from Carlos Alberto Navarro Sugich, Sonora’s attorney general, the two men, who were identified as Fransisco Javier Salazar Nolasco, 23, and Abraham Minjares Covarrubias, 23, then robbed and fled the scene, leaving Dr. Flores Haro to die.

The doctor provided care to patients from both the U.S. and Mexico in both his 9-doctor office and also as an internist at Hospital del Socorro, a local emergency center.

The suspects were caught after their 2005 Audi was spotted in a neighborhood near where the doctor was found. Upon investigation of the car, police found an AR-14 rile and two pistols, bullets from which matched those found at the crime scene.

Dr. Flores Haro was just 5 blocks from the U.S.-Mexico border and some believe he was attempting to make it to a border crossing for help.