Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This


Video Reportedly Shows Gunfight During Raid That Captured 'El Chapo'

Stories like these are only possible with your help!
Your donation today keeps LAist independent, ready to meet the needs of our city, and paywall free. Thank you for your partnership, we can't do this without you.

Editor's note: The original video, posted by Univision, has since been taken down. The above video is a longer version.

Stunning video has emerged reportedly showing the early morning raid that captured drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán.

The video was acquired by the Mexican television network Televisa and is recorded from a helmet- or body-cam worn by one of the Mexican marines who raided El Chapo's hideout in Los Mochis, Sinaloa early Friday morning. It shows the gun battle from the first-person perspective of one of the marines. During the raid, five of Guzmán's associates were killed and one of the marines was injured. One of the marines can be heard saying "They got me, they got me," according to CNN. Later, another voice can be heard saying, "Let the grenades loose."

Support for LAist comes from

According to NBC News, Guzmán escaped through a tunnel in the back of the house and into the sewers during the raid. He was later apprehended after stealing a car.

The full video is almost an hour long, but only snippets of it have been broadcast. The rest of the video reportedly shows the marines rummaging through the wrecked safehouse.

Guzmán escaped from a maximum-security prison in July through a sophisticated tunnel. On Saturday, Rolling Stone published aninterview with the formerly-fugitive drug lord written by actor Sean Penn. Penn writes that the meeting was arranged through Mexican actress Kate del Castillo, who Guzmán reached out to in the hopes of making a biopic about his life.

Investigators say Guzmán's contact with filmmakers was what led to his arrest, and photos published by El Universal, reportedly from a government intelligence file, shows del Castillo and Penn arriving at an airport in October. Authorities say they'd like to talk to Penn and del Castillo about their meeting with Guzmán—Penn told the AP on Monday that he had "nothin' to hide."

Mexico is currently in the process of extraditing Guzmán to the United States, though officials say it could take up to a year.