An American citizen arrested in the shooting of a US consular official in Mexico last week has been deported, the USA justice department said Tuesday.
A video posted online by the consulate in Guadalajara shows the shooter appearing to wait for the official's auto to pull up to a vehicle park barrier before shooting directly at the driver and running away.
A California man charged with attempted murder in connection with the shooting of a US diplomat in Mexico will remain in custody pending a detention hearing scheduled for later this week.
The office of the federal attorney general in Mexico said in a statement late Monday that the suspect was repatriated in coordination with USA authorities and in accordance with Mexican law.
However, the U.S. State Department has issued several precautions for those who plan to travel to Guadalajara and other areas of Jalisco due its close borders to states such as Zacatecas and Michoacan, in which several reports regarding extreme cases of tension and violence have been seen. "I wish him a speedy recovery".
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In an interview from a hospital, where he remains in good condition, Ashcraft told Federal Bureau of Investigation agents that when he left a nearby gym that evening he sensed that a person was waiting for him, according to court documents.
The US government had offered a $20,000 reward for his arrest.
Zafar was living in Guadalajara on a student visa.
"They should also take care not to fall into predictable patterns for those movements that are essential", the message continued. "After the Vice Consul got into his auto and drove towards the garage exit, Zafar allegedly shot him once in the chest and fled".
USA authorities have not as of Monday morning local time confirmed the arrested man's identity or that of the diplomat who was shot.