Photo: State of Coahulia Police
The AP is reporting that Mexican police have shot and killed three gunmen that fired on them as they were searching for the 131 missing prisoners in Piedras Negras.
The three gunmen that fired at Mexican authorities were in a residential part of Piedras Negras driving a truck reported stolen in San Antonio, Texas. It is not known yet if the three men are escapees from the Piedras Negras state prison.
This past Monday more than 100 inmates walked out through the main gate of the prison not through a tunnel as originally thought.
Statements from three fugitives who were recaptured Wednesday indicate the mass escape took place via the prison gate and prison personnel are believe to have aided the escapees. The mass escape is thought to have been orchestrated by Los Zetas drug cartel to replenish their ranks.
Piedras Negras, a city of some 150,000 people sits just across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas.