The Americas

6 dead in clash between marines and gunmen in Mexico

  • The rear windshield of a vehicle is held together by a transparent film with an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, after being struck by a couple of bullets in Culiacan, Mexico, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. The Sinaloa state prosecutor’s office said in a statement that several suspects and a Mexican marine died in an early morning clash after heavily armed men attacked the marines while on patrol in the city. (AP Photo/Rashide Frias)

    The rear windshield of a vehicle is held together by a transparent film with an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, after being struck by a couple of bullets in Culiacan, Mexico, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. The Sinaloa state prosecutor’s office said in a statement that several suspects and a Mexican marine died in an early morning clash after heavily armed men attacked the marines while on patrol in the city. (AP Photo/Rashide Frias)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Mexican marine looks at the body of a gunman as it lies next to a vehicle after a gun fight in Culiacan, Mexico, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. The Sinaloa state prosecutor’s office said in a statement that several suspects and a marine died in the early morning clash after the heavily armed men attacked the marines while on patrol in the city. (AP Photo/Rashide Frias)

    A Mexican marine looks at the body of a gunman as it lies next to a vehicle after a gun fight in Culiacan, Mexico, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. The Sinaloa state prosecutor’s office said in a statement that several suspects and a marine died in the early morning clash after the heavily armed men attacked the marines while on patrol in the city. (AP Photo/Rashide Frias)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Mexican marine stands close to the body of a gunman as it lies next to a vehicle after a gun fight in Culiacan, Mexico, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. The Sinaloa state prosecutor’s office said in a statement that several suspects and a marine died in the early morning clash after the heavily armed men attacked the marines while on patrol in the city. (AP Photo/Rashide Frias)

    A Mexican marine stands close to the body of a gunman as it lies next to a vehicle after a gun fight in Culiacan, Mexico, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. The Sinaloa state prosecutor’s office said in a statement that several suspects and a marine died in the early morning clash after the heavily armed men attacked the marines while on patrol in the city. (AP Photo/Rashide Frias)  (The Associated Press)

Officials in the western Mexican state of Sinaloa say five suspects and one marine have died in an early morning clash.

The Sinaloa state prosecutor's office said in a statement Tuesday that heavily armed men traveling in several vehicles attacked marines on patrol in Culiacan. The gunfight occurred around 3:40 a.m.

The statement says that the suspects who were killed were all carrying assault rifles. Authorities recovered four AK-47 rifles and one AR-15.

Culiacan is currently hosting the Caribbean Series baseball championship. Mexico defeated Cuba 1-0 Monday night to secure a spot in the championship game.