Gun battles rock Mexican city after El Chapo’s son detained

A raging gun battle with high-caliber weapons erupted in the streets of the Mexican city that is home to El Chapo’s Sinaloa cartel after security forces arrested the notorious drug kingpin’s son. 

Authorities captured Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s 28-year-old son, Ovidio Guzman, in Culiacan on Thursday afternoon in a major military operation.

Gunfire rocked several neighborhoods in Culiacan as heavily armed civilians loyal to the drug lord opened fire on Mexican security forces during the ordeal.  

Ovidio, along with his brothers, is believed to be influential in the cartel since their father was jailed in the United States. 

He is wanted in the U.S. on drug related charges, including distributing cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana. 

There are unconfirmed reports that another of El Chapo’s sons, Iván Archivaldo Guzmán, was killed in the gunfire with authorities. Other unconfirmed reports state that he was captured. 

Heavily armed gunmen in four-by-four trucks fought an intense battle against Mexican security forces on Thursday in the city of Culiacan after El Chapo's son was arrested

Heavily armed gunmen in four-by-four trucks fought an intense battle against Mexican security forces on Thursday in the city of Culiacan after El Chapo's son was arrested

Heavily armed gunmen in four-by-four trucks fought an intense battle against Mexican security forces on Thursday in the city of Culiacan after El Chapo’s son was arrested

El Chapo's son Ovidio Guzman was taken into custody on Thursday. Pictured is believed to be his mugshot

El Chapo's son Ovidio Guzman was taken into custody on Thursday. Pictured is believed to be his mugshot

El Chapo’s son Ovidio Guzman was taken into custody on Thursday. Pictured on the left is believed to be his mugshot 

A public security official confirmed that Ovidio had been arrested after being found with four other cartel members at a house.

Officials have not publicly said anything about his brother Iván.  

Footage on social media showed heavily armed civilians in trucks firing in the streets as violence erupted, with some shooting what appeared to be .50-caliber sniper rifles and truck-mounted machine guns. 

The civilian gunmen blocked a number of city streets with burning vehicles, which is a common tactic to make it difficult for authorities to maneuver. 

State police have confirmed that several prisoners even escaped from a prison during the chaos. Video footage showed a group of between 20 to 30 people running in the streets. 

It was not immediately clear how they escaped from the prison.

Sinaloa public safety director Cristóbal Castañeda told Milenio television that some of the prisoners were quickly recaptured.  

Vehicles and a petrol station were also set on fire as the cartel gunmen roamed the city.

Civilians hid in the aisles of a supermarket, while others ran for cover in leafy suburban streets. 

Heavily armed civilians in trucks were firing in downtown Culiacan, with some shooting what appeared to be .50-caliber sniper rifles and truck-mounted machine guns

Heavily armed civilians in trucks were firing in downtown Culiacan, with some shooting what appeared to be .50-caliber sniper rifles and truck-mounted machine guns

Heavily armed civilians in trucks were firing in downtown Culiacan, with some shooting what appeared to be .50-caliber sniper rifles and truck-mounted machine guns

Heavily armed civilians in trucks were firing in downtown Culiacan, with some shooting what appeared to be .50-caliber sniper rifles and truck-mounted machine guns

Heavily armed civilians in trucks were firing in downtown Culiacan, with some shooting what appeared to be .50-caliber sniper rifles and truck-mounted machine guns

Heavily armed civilians in trucks were firing in downtown Culiacan, with some shooting what appeared to be .50-caliber sniper rifles and truck-mounted machine guns

Ovidio Guzman

Ovidio Guzman

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman

Ovidio Guzman (left), along with his brothers, is believed to be influential in the cartel since their father, Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, (right) was jailed in the United States

Vehicles and a petrol station were set on fire as the cartel gunmen roamed the city. The civilian gunmen blocked a number of city streets with burning vehicles, which is a common tactic to make it difficult for authorities to maneuver

Vehicles and a petrol station were set on fire as the cartel gunmen roamed the city. The civilian gunmen blocked a number of city streets with burning vehicles, which is a common tactic to make it difficult for authorities to maneuver

Vehicles and a petrol station were set on fire as the cartel gunmen roamed the city. The civilian gunmen blocked a number of city streets with burning vehicles, which is a common tactic to make it difficult for authorities to maneuver

State police said there were no confirmed deaths, but two videos broadcast on Milenio showed men lying in the streets, apparently lifeless.

Sinaloa’s soccer club Dorados announced that it had cancelled its game on Thursday due to security concerns. 

Sinaloa is home to the cartel by the same name, which was led by Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán. 

Guzman was sentenced to life in prison in the United States in July.

After Guzmán’s third arrest in 2016, an internal battle for succession began playing out. 

The battle was resolved with the arrest of Damaso López Nunez and his son Dámaso López Serrano, who led a rival faction.

The cartel is currently led by Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada with three of Guzman’s sons Ivan, Archivaldo and Alfredo, known as ‘los Chapitos,’ or ‘the little Chapos.’

Two of El Chapo’s other sons, Ovidio and Joaquín Guzmán López, are also on the radar of U.S. authorities. They are accused of distributing cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana. 

Vehicles and a petrol station were set on fire as the cartel gunmen roamed the city

Vehicles and a petrol station were set on fire as the cartel gunmen roamed the city

Vehicles and a petrol station were set on fire as the cartel gunmen roamed the city

Vehicles burn in a street of Culiacan, state of Sinaloa, Mexico, on Thursday as heavily armed gunmen in four-by-four trucks fought an intense battle against Mexican security forces

Vehicles burn in a street of Culiacan, state of Sinaloa, Mexico, on Thursday as heavily armed gunmen in four-by-four trucks fought an intense battle against Mexican security forces

Vehicles burn in a street of Culiacan, state of Sinaloa, Mexico, on Thursday as heavily armed gunmen in four-by-four trucks fought an intense battle against Mexican security forces

A bullet ridden vehicle remains in a street of Culiacan following the intense gun battle

A bullet ridden vehicle remains in a street of Culiacan following the intense gun battle

A bullet ridden vehicle remains in a street of Culiacan following the intense gun battle

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