MEXICO CITY – Vigilantes in the southern Mexico state of Guerrero have attacked local police in the town of Tixtla, beaten them and stolen their rifles.
The conflict with the radical "self defense" group threatens a fragile detente that state officials have achieved with vigilantes.
The group armed with hunting rifles mobbed police armed with assault rifles, and stole their guns Monday. The town's chief of police was wounded, apparently with a machete.
Guerrero Gov. Angel Aguirre says the violence threatens talks aimed at defusing tensions.
The vigilantes supposedly formed to fight organized crime. They complain their members have been arrested, but authorities insist they can't take their weapons outside their townships.
The green-shirted vigilantes call themselves "community police," but the state's long-standing coalition of self-defense forces distanced itself from the violence Tuesday.