Douglas Bradley

Prominent California official robbed and killed while vacationing in Mexico: Police

A prominent California city official is dead after being robbed and shot on Thursday while he vacationed in Zihuatanejo, Mexico.

FOX News reports that Douglas Bradley was on Christmas vacation in Mexico and would have turned 50 the following day, but was shot and killed after a man carrying a 9 mm handgun chased him down at around 4 a.m. A witness saw the incident, yet didn’t call police for around four hours. By the time authorities arrived, Bradley was dead.

According to Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina, Bradley was a California native who lived in Playas de Tijuana.

“Doug was a wonderful person,” said Dedina, according to the San Diego Tribune. “He was brilliant at his job. He was always positive, loved to surf, and had helped to turn around the City of Imperial Beach’s financial management as well as restructure city administration to make it more efficient and resident friendly. He will be missed by everyone who knew him and worked with him.”

The city is currently working with the U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana and the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City to bring Bradley’s body back to California. He was not married and didn’t have children.

Meanwhile, there is still no word on the gunman’s identity. Ixtapa is located in Guerrero, which is one of the most violent states in Mexico, with “a homicide rate of 58.6 per 100,000 people,” according to FOX.

The story is still developing. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.

[Feature Photo: Douglas Bradley/Handout]