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Mexican agents catch man who shot US consular official

Published:Monday | January 9, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Prosecutors in Mexico said Sunday they caught a gunman who shot an official of the US consulate in the western city of Guadalajara.

The Attorney General's Office of the western state of Jalisco said on the agency's Twitter account that the suspect had been turned over to federal prosecutors.

Attacks on diplomats are federal crimes in Mexico.

US Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement thanking Mexico for the quick arrest.

"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," Kerry said. "My thoughts and prayers remain with this officer and his family during this difficult time. I wish him a speedy recovery."

The US Embassy has not identified the official, who was shot in his car on Friday in Guadalajara. He was in stable condition Saturday after the attack.

Local media identified him as Christopher Ashcraft, whose profile on social networking sites listed him as a consular officer in Guadalajara since 2016.

The FBI had offered a $20,000 reward for information on the attacker, and surveillance-camera photos of him had been widely circulated.

Jalisco state is dominated by the hyper-violent Jalisco New Generation cartel. There was no immediate evidence of any cartel link to the attack.

The US Embassy in Mexico City urged citizens to limit their movements in the Guadalajara area.

- AP