Fact Check-2019 video of Mexican street shootout falsely linked to 2023 capture of ‘El Chapo’ son

A 2019 video showing a shootout between Mexican authorities and cartel members has been reshared online as if from 2023.

The clip has been seen by more than 2 million people (here , here , here and here) in the context of the Jan. 5 arrest of drug cartel leader Ovidio Guzman.

The 32-year-old son of jailed kingpin “El Chapo” Guzman is currently being held in Mexico City (here). His capture has triggered a wave of violence largely in the city of Culiacan in the northern Sinaloa state.

But a clip showing a violent clash in the middle of the street is unrelated to the 2023 event. It can be traced back to Guzman’s last arrest in 2019 (see timestamp 1:44 Cronología del jueves negro en Culiacán , and other angles of the same incident from timestamp 1:14 here ).

The exact location of the incident can be seen on Google Maps: .


Miscaptioned. The video can be traced back to 2019.

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