The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) condemns the death of Mexican national Antonio Zambrano Montes, originally from the Mexican state of Michoacán, who died as a result of the use of lethal force by members of the Pasco, Washington, police this past Tuesday, February 10th, 2015.

The Mexican Consulate in Seattle is in contact with Mr. Zambrano Montes's family members and has offered them legal and consular assistance in accordance with the commitment of the Mexican government to provide support for the family until the investigation and eventual legal proceedings conclude and ensure that all available legal channels are utilized.

The Consul of Mexico in Seattle has sent a letter to the District Attorney for Pierce County asking for an exhaustive investigation to determine responsibility for the deeply regrettable incident. Additionally, a note of protest was sent to the Paso Chief of Police expressing condemnation and concern about the events that transpired and asking about possible disciplinary measures that could be eventually imposed on those involved in the incident.

The Government of Mexico deeply condemns incidents in which force is used in a disproportionate manner, even more so when that use of force leads to loss of life.

These unfortunate events cause damage to the community and erode trust in the authorities.

The Government of Mexico reiterates its commitment to protect the interests and rights of our nationals living abroad.