BOGOTA, Colombia — Police shot and killed a key member of the violent Medellin cocaine cartel Saturday in a gun battle in one of Medellin's exclusive neighborhoods, police said.
Gustavo de Jesus Gaviria, the cousin of the cartel's leader, Pablo Escobar, was killed in a battle with a police unit that was raiding one of the organization's luxury apartments in the Alaneda neighborhood in southern Medellin, according to a police statement.
Authorities identified Gaviria as the third-most important member of the cartel.
The police statement did not give details about how police located Gaviria in the apartment, which was equipped with bullet-resistant windows.
Medellin's police chief, Col. Jorge Ferrerro, said late Saturday in a radio interview that more details would not be issued for several hours.