Security official shot dead in western Mexico

By ALEXANDRA OLSON, The Associated Press
4:40 p.m. September 2, 2009

MEXICO CITY — Gunmen have killed the No. 2 security official in the home state of President Felipe Calderon, where drug cartels have launched their biggest offensive yet against the government.

State officials say assailants in two cars intercepted the vehicle that Jose Manuel Revuelta was driving and opened fire. The officials say Revuelta, two bodyguards and a bystander were killed.

Revuelta was the deputy public safety secretary of western Michoacan state.

The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to give information about Wednesday's shooting.

An AP reporter at the scene of the shooting in Morelia, the state capital, saw the bodies of Revuelta and his bodyguards in the bullet-ridden car. ... dex=159529