May 1, 2015 Jalisco attacks
|May 1, 2015 Jalisco attacks|
State of Jalisco in
|Date||May 1, 2015
6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (approximately)
|Caused by||Attempted capture of
|Parties to the civil conflict|
On May 1, 2015, the
As the government extended its crackdown on the CJNG, it issued its highest security alert level and coordinated all three levels of government. The CJNG responded to the offensive by hijacking 39 buses, trucks, and cars throughout western Mexico, setting them on fire, and using them to block roads and highways in multiple locations. They also burned several gasoline stations, banks, and businesses. Most of the attacks took place in
The attacks garnered international headlines and reactions from the highest levels of the Mexican government, including
Before dawn at around 6:30 a.m. on May 1, 2015, an armed convoy from the
Though the death toll of the helicopter attack ended up at nine,  not all of them were recorded at once.  When the attack occurred, the Mexican government confirmed that three military men were killed.  They also stated that three additional Army soldiers remained missing, [h]  while the remaining twelve passengers (ten from the Army and two from the PF) were recorded as wounded.  During the first 24 hours, their search was contained in a 100 metres (330 ft) radius, but investigators extended their search past that after they were unable to locate them.  For three days, the federal and state forces searched the area where the helicopter was attacked and where it landed to search for the missing passengers.  On May 4, the government confirmed that they located them.  They were able to identify their corpses by conducting DNA tests since their bodies were severely damaged and torn into pieces as a result of the helicopter's explosion.  This increased the death toll to six.  On May 6, the seventh passenger from the Army died of cardiac arrest as a result of the wounds he suffered from the helicopter's fall.  The following day, one of the PF passengers died from his wounds.  On May 10, the last victim of the attack, a soldier from the Army, died at a hospital. Authorities confirmed that four other passengers had been discharged from the hospital after treatment. Five more remained in the hospital receiving medical attention. 
Following the helicopter attack, the PF and military personnel cordoned the area and conducted a thorough search of the premises.
 They initially discovered four abandoned vehicles that they suspected were owned by the perpetrators.
 In the vehicles, investigators discovered military uniforms with the insignias "CJNG Special Forces High Command" with five embedded stars.
 No immediate arrests were made.
 The Army seized several weapons from the CJNG, including 15 assault rifles, 6 handguns, 2 RPG launchers, 2
For almost 24 hours, the area where the helicopter was shot down remained abandoned. The smog from the helicopter's crash lasted a few hours, and several of the helicopter's pieces scattered as far as 250 metres (820 ft) from each other. The Army was the first group to arrive at the scene and cordoned the area. They erected three camps in surrounding premises and closed down the perimeter to allow investigators to collect evidences of the attack. Villa Purificación's entrances and exists were fortified with Army checkpoints; the soldiers conducted car searches to vehicles leaving and entering the town. Other Army units patrolled the streets of the town and nearby highways in search of the suspects. Besides Villa Purificación, which had the largest military presence, the two other towns with the largest Army presence were