Cartel gunmen are seen outside during clashes with federal forces following the detention of Ovidio Guzman, son of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, in Culiacan, Sinaloa state, Mexico on October 17, 2019.
"It was done hastily, the consequences were not considered, the riskiest part wasn't taken into account", Defense Minister Luis Cresencio Sandoval told a news conference in Culiacan, alongside Security Minister Alfonso Durazo, who called the attempt to capture the younger Guzman a "failure".
A lawyer for Guzman Lopez confirmed that he "is alive and free" in the report but offered no other details.
Falko Ernst, senior analyst for the International Crisis Group in Mexico, said the release of Ovidio Guzman set "a risky precedent" and sent a message that the state itself, including the army, could be blackmailed and was not in control.
Durazo said that law enforcement officers and members of the Mexican National Guard were conducting a routine patrol when they were attacked by people inside a home in the city at around 3:30 p.m. local time (4:30 p.m. ET).
Ovidio was not one of the jailed Mexican drug lord's best-known sons - Ivan Archivaldo Guzman and Jesus Alfredo Guzman are known as "los Chapitos", or "the little Chapos", and are believed to now run their father's Sinaloa Cartel together with Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada.
Images shared on Twitter show masked gunmen manning a machine gun mounted to the back of a truck on the streets of the city.
In February, Ovidio Guzman Lopez was charged with conspiracy to distribute drugs to be imported into the US, along with his brother Joaquin Guzman Lopez, 34, by the US Department of Justice. Other gunman loyal to the cartel fired.50-caliber sniper rifles from the back of trucks. "There is a psychosis".
The arrest of a drug kingpin's son triggered extreme violence, which saw armed men unleash terror across the city..
Fifty-six prisoners escaped, and 49 were still at large Friday, according to Sinaloa Public Security Secretary Cristobal Castaneda. He did not rule out that there were deaths.
Sustained, heavy gunfire ground the western city of 750,000 people to a halt, in a battle that left blazing vehicles strewn across the street and sent terrified residents running for shelter, said AFP journalists at the scene. The city residents and Mexican lawmakers asked for explanations from the authorities. Sinaloa's soccer club Dorados cancelled its game Thursday, and schools suspended classes.
The 62-year-old was sentenced to life plus 30 years at a supermax prison, where he is expected to die before he is released.
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, 62, was convicted in NY in February on murder, drug and money laundering charges and was sentenced to life in prison in the US. He has many children. The battle was resolved with the arrest of Damaso Lopez Nunez and his son Damaso Lopez Serrano, who led a rival faction.