The director of the Tamaulipas state Policia Ministeriales, identified in press reports only as Hurtado Barrera, escaped from legal custody after being held for investigation for accidentally discharging her weapon in an aircraft in Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas. According to a news account which appeared on the website of Milenio news daily, the minsterial agent was on board the aircraft at the Ponciano Arriga airport when her weapon discharged, penetrating the deck of the aircraft and hitting an aircraft mechanic in the foot . . .
The victim, identified as Jose Ballesteros, was taken for medical attention,. His wound is not considered life threatening. Sra. Hurtado Barrera was detained and then taken to the headquarters of the Mexican 12th Military Zone, but was later moved to a state prosecutor’s office in Ciudad Valles. An hour later, Hurtado Barrera apparently left the office and has not been seen since.
It is unclear in the report if Sra. Hurtado Barrera is to be charged. According to the translation, a state officer accidentally discharging a firearm can be charged, dismissed from their position, or the incident can be dropped.
Sra. Hurtado Barrera has been director general of Tamaulipas Policia Ministeriales since May.