A man arrested on suspicion of shooting at a official from the U.S. Consulate General Friday will be deported to the United States, the federal Attorney General’s Office and Foreign Relations Ministry said in a joint communique issued Sunday afternoon.
The man, who was not named in the press release, is a U.S. citizen, the two agencies confirmed. He was arrested in the early hours of Saturday, according to local news reports.
No reason has been given as to the motive for the attack.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry praised Mexico for acting quickly to arrest the suspect.
“On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I want to thank the government of Mexico for their swift and decisive arrest of a suspect in the heinous attack against our Foreign Service Officer colleague,’’ Kerry said. ‘‘My thoughts and prayers remain with this officer and his family during this difficult time. I wish him a speedy recovery.”