Suspects identified in Plaza Sendero shootout

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Mexican authorities broke their silence regarding a shootout at a busy shopping center south of the border in Matamoros.

Federal police have identified five men who they say were involved in an incident that left four federal police officers wounded.

It all took place outside a Soriana supermarket at the Plaza Sendero shopping center around 2 p.m. Monday afternoon.

Local officials and federal authorties did have any information to report on Monday afternoon but residents posted pictures and accounts on the social media network Twitter.

Federal police released information late Monday night and identified five suspects arrested at the scene as:

Name Age Origin Hctor Manuel Arratia-Lpez 25 Valle Hermoso, Tamps Marco Antonio Moedano-De la Cruz 27 Alamo, Veracruz Miguel Covarrubias-Cruz 24 Tula, Tamps Diego Armando Alejandro 18 Unknown Carlos Nava-Trevio 40 Reynosa, Tamps

Federal police reported seizing assault rifles, guns ammo and two fragmentation grenades.

Investigors told Action 4 News it all started when the men opened fire on federal police on the Matamoros-Reynosa highway.

A brief chase ended with a shootout at the shopping center.

Four federal police officers wounded in the incident are recovering at local hospitals.