Judge involved in ‘El Chapo’ extradition case gunned down

MEXICO CITY - A federal judge was gunned down after leaving his home in Southern Mexico on Monday, authorities confirmed Tuesday.

District court judge Vicente Bermudez was shot in the head while jogging near his home about 40 miles from Mexico City, according to several reports. The 37-year-old judge died while on the way to a hospital.

Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted into a helicopter at Mexico City's airport on January 8, 2016 following his recapture during an intense military operation in Los Mochis, in Sinaloa State. Mexican marines recaptured fugitive drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman on Friday in the northwest of the country, six months after his spectacular prison break embarrassed authorities.   AFP PHOTO / ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP / ALFREDO ESTRELLA        (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)

Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted into a helicopter at Mexico City's airport on January 8, 2016. (Getty Images)

Luis María Aguilar Morales, president of the Mexico Supreme Court, released a statement confirming Bermudez’s death and called for authorities to investigate it.

In March, Bermudez suspended the extradition of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, according to FOX News Latino. Before 2013, the judge was a specialized judge and had at least one case involving the leader of Jalisco New Generation Cartel, Abigail Gonzalez Valencia.