ACAPULCO, MEXICO (CBS) - A U.S. citizen was shot and killed by Mexican soldiers on Monday(August 23) near the coastal resort city of Acapulco.
According to police, Joseph Proctor, 32, was killed after havingopened fire on an army convoy with an AR-15 rifle, and was killedin the return fire.
Proctor had been living in Mexico on and off for the last sixyears.
Proctor's girlfriend, Liliana Gil, said that she was initiallytold that Proctor had been involved in an auto accident, only todiscover that he had been shot dead by the army.
"The soldiers shot my boyfriend. They called me and told me thathe was in an auto accident and had flipped over. When I got to thePublic Ministry, they told me that the soldiers had shot him," shesaid.
Gil also expressed doubts on the army's claim that Proctor hadshot at the convoy, saying she had heard that the soldiers planteda weapon on his body after having shot him.
"I heard that six soldiers shot him, and then planted an AK-47on him, when he never used weapons. We have no weapons. He couldn'thave done that," he said.
Proctor had addresses in the Atlanta, Georgia and Auburn, NewYork areas.
Drug violence has escalated across Mexico as President FelipeCalderon goes after powerful cartels and as rival gangs fight oversmuggling turf. More than 28,000 people have died in drug violencesince Calderon took office in late 2006.
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