American arrested for shooting of consular officer in Mexico

American arrested for shooting of consular officer in Mexico
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Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by ExxonMobil — Climate divides conservative Democrats in reconciliation push Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Altria — Walrus detectives: Scientists recruit public to spot mammal from space MORE issued a statement Sunday thanking Mexico for its “swift and decisive arrest” of the suspect connected to the shooting of a United States consular officer in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The man is an American and will be deported to face further legal action, authorities told the AFP Sunday.

“On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I want to thank the Government of Mexico for their swift and decisive arrest of a suspect in the heinous attack against our Foreign Service Officer colleague in Guadalajara, Mexico,” Kerry said Sunday.

“The safety and security of U.S. citizens and our diplomatic staff overseas are among our highest priorities. My thoughts and prayers remain with this office and his family during this difficult. I wish him a speedy recovery.”


According to The Guardian, Mexican and American officials arrested the suspect after the Saturday shooting. 

“The detention of the aggressor against the consular agent has been achieved,” said Jalisco attorney general Eduardo Almaguer, according to the news outlet. “The suspect has been handed over to Mexico’s federal attorney general’s office.”

The victim, Christopher Ashcroft, is reportedly in stable condition.

He was shot Friday by a man wearing a black wig and a blue nurse's uniform outside a shopping center garage, AFP said. A U.S. official told AFP Ashcroft was a vice consul who interviewed visa applicants.

The suspect is "an individual with US nationality" who "will be expelled and repatriated to the United States, where his legal status will be determined," the Mexican Foreign Ministry and attorney general's office said.

Updated 7:38 p.m.