Friday, May 14, 2004

The Old West? Priest Shoots and Kills Mayor

I had a priest friend who used to carry around a gun and joke time to time that we'd been preaching the Gospel long enough, it was time to start enforcing it. Perhaps this sad fellow was one of his disciples.

From New Zealand Herald - Latest News:

"A Catholic priest shot to death the mayor of a town in western Mexico early on Wednesday after the pair got drunk and began punching each other during a religious festival, state officials said.

After exchanging blows, the priest whipped out a 9mm pistol and fired four bullets into Lorenzo Ruiz, mayor of Chalpatlahuac, an indigenous town nestled in mountains 220km west of the Guerrero state capital of Chilpancingo, authorities said.

'It seems they were arguing, these two men. They were at a get-together, they had words and the priest shot the mayor. They were apparently both in a state of drunkenness,' said Guerrero state spokesman Jesus Nava.

Local newspapers said the priest, whom they identified as Lorenzo Cuellar, was arrested after he also shot the mayor's son, injuring him. "