Mexican officials say two policemen have died after people attacked officers and forest rangers looking for suspected illegal loggers in a community near the Popocatepetl volcano outside Mexico City. Authorities say a civilian also has died from a bullet wound.

A statement from the government of Mexico state says that in the midst of the confrontation a gunshot hit a civilian. The residents then grabbed five police officers, dragged them to a community building and severely beat them. Police reinforcements arrived to rescue the officers, but two died later.

State officials say the civilian wounded by a bullet died at a hospital. Their statement says investigators are trying to determine who fired the shot.

No arrests have been made.