Gunmen kill 2 Mexican cops detailed to US mission

By the Associated Press | July 22, 2011 | 9:29 PM EDT

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — Officials say two Mexican police officers assigned to work with U.S. diplomats in northern Mexico have been killed in a drive-by shooting.

Mexican authorities say the men were shot while off duty in Guadalupe, a suburb of Monterrey. They were riding a motorcycle when gunmen in a vehicle opened fire.

U.S. Embassy spokesman Alexander Featherstone confirms the men were assigned to guard U.S. diplomats. He does not provide further details.

Mexican authorities say the officers guarded the U.S. consulate in Monterrey.