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A man who became a local hero after killing three armed men while defending his Ascension, Mexico, residence during an attempted home invasion last month was killed Tuesday — and authorities are investigating whether the two incidents are related.

Alonzo Sandoval, 50, and his wife were killed around Tuesday evening at his auto parts store in Puerto Palomas de Villa, about two hours outside Ciudad Juarez, a spokesman with the Chihuahua state prosecutors’ office said.

“Police agents were assigned to monitor his business for protection, but he refused because he said the agents would scare away customers,” said spokesman Arturo Sandoval. “We sent agents there anyway to make rounds by his business about six to eight times a day.”

Sandoval — who is not related to the spokesman — was killed about 30 minutes after police left the victims’ business, the spokesman said.

“He lawfully defended his property and his family and now he is dead. We cannot concretely say one event had to do with the other, but it is part of our investigation,” Sandoval, the spokesman, said.

Source: Nick Valencia for CNN.

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