FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show A Gunfight In Mexico In Relation To The Arrest of Ovidio Guzman Lopez?

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on Twitter purportedly shows a gunfight that broke out in Mexico after the arrest of Ovidio Guzman Lopez.

Verdict: False

The footage is from the Brazilian TV show, Arcanjo. It has nothing to do with the recent arrest of Lopez or the operation.

Fact Check:

Drug lord and son of the ‘El Chapo,’ Ovidio Guzman Lopez, was arrested following an operation in the city of Culiacán, which has been noted for being the home base of the Sinaloa drug cartel, according to The New York Times. The United States has requested his extradition for drug trafficking, though it has been paused by a Mexico City judge, CNN reported.

The Twitter post shows a video appearing to show a gunfight that broke out in Mexico after Lopez’s arrest. “Mexican Rambo is unleashed after the arrest of ‘Ovidio Guzman Lopez’ son of El Chapo,” the post reads.

The post is inaccurate. The video was footage from behind the scenes on a Brazilian TV show called Arcanjo Renegado, which was uploaded to YouTube in 2019 and properly captioned as filming for the series. The completed scene can be found in the first episode of the series.

A report from Fox News claimed Mexican authorities had dispatched over 3,500 soldiers to the area for the operation, far more than the video shows. (RELATED: Did The Navy JAG Corps Arrest Former Surgeon General Jerome Adams?)

Although the video’s caption is incorrect, violence related to the operation and subsequent arrest has been widespread in the area where it took place, according to Reuters. Seven members of security forces were allegedly killed, while 21 were reportedly injured in the arrest effort, the outlet claimed.

This is not the first time misinformation has been promoted as true on social media. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim sports journalist Grant Wahl died from the COVID-19 vaccine.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter