Following last Friday's confrontation in Puerto Vallarta between criminals and members of the Mexican Army, which resulted in the death of "El Chopa", who has been implicated in the murder of former Jalisco Governor Aristoteles Sandoval, the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara issued a security alert to its citizens.
In the document, the Consulate notes that an increased presence of Mexican security forces has been identified in the Puerto Vallarta area, as well as "potential clashes between criminal groups and security forces" in the Puerto Vallarta area Guadalajara Metropolitan Zone.
"In the past, there have been incidents of shootouts between criminal groups and authorities in public places and bystanders have been injured," the document adds. As a result, the alert also extends to Nuevo Nayarit (formerly Nuevo Vallarta), in Nayarit, and to the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area in the state of Jalisco.
Due to this situation, the Consulate recommended its citizens monitor what is reported in the local media "to obtain updates" and, in case of any emergency, to call 911. Finally, it is recommended they remain alert to their surroundings, as well as to establish and review their security plans in case of any situation they may face.