However, it is unclear whether Ovidio Guzman Lopez remains in custody after alleged members of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel seem to overpower the security forces who later ceased operations.
According to CNN's ADN40, armored vehicles with military equipment exchanged heavy artillery for federal troops in Culiacan, in the heart of Sinaloa.
The shootings forced many residents to panic, others remained locked up in their homes while outside, engaging troops in intense shootouts during the day. According to ADN40, residents were encouraged to stay indoors and the schools were closed until further notice.
Images in the social media showed the terror unleashed on the inhabitants of Culiacan. On the horizon, black clouds of smoke billowed up on the ground, mothers petting their children behind parked cars in search of cover.
Mexican Defense Minister Alfonso Durazo said late Thursday that Culiacan's government operations had been suspended after a violent backlash between federal agencies and criminal groups.
Durazo said police officers and members of the Mexican National Guard conducted a routine patrol when they were attacked at around 3:30 pm by people in a town house local time (16:30 ET).
The patrol unit fought back and took control of the house. She found four inmates in the house. The authorities identified one of the inmates as Ovidio Guzman Lopez.
During the confrontation, other members of an organized criminal group arrived with more firepower than the local authorities. There were violent attacks in various parts of the city, causing a "panic situation", Durazo said.
In order to ensure the safety and peace of the Culiacan Society, the Security Cabinet officials agreed to suspend these measures.
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"Indeed, Chapo's sons have since risen from the ranks of the Sinaloa cartel and took over Chapo's end of the organization," he said.
CNN's Natalie Gallón reported from Mexico City, Leyla Santiago reported from Wa Shington DC, Maria Santana from New York, Helena DeMoura from Atlanta and Helen Regan from Hong Kong.