MEXICO CITY – Mexican prosecutors charged 14 federal police officers Friday with trying to kill two CIA agents and a Mexican navy captain in an August ambush south of the capital.
The announcement by the attorney general’s office did not state a motive for the attack, but said the officers had been charged with attempted homicide and damage to property.
Mexican authorities initially had said the attack was probably an accident by well-intentioned police officers who thought they were shooting at criminals.
Since then, Attorney General Marisela Morales has acknowledged that her office was investigating whether organized crime was behind the attack.
An official with the attorney general’s office said the police officers were on duty at the time of the shooting and required to be wearing uniforms and driving official vehicles.
Instead they wore civilian clothes and drove private cars when they fired 152 bullets at the U.S. Embassy vehicle.