MEXICO CITY (November 27, 2012)--Mexican beauty queen Maria Susana Flores Gamez had a gun in her hands when she was killed in a hail of gunfire over the weekend, Mexican soldiers said in a military report, a federal official said Tuesday.
The official had access to the report but was not authorized to be quoted by name.
The report says the gunmen she was traveling with lined up behind Flores Gamez as they descended from vehicles and shot it out with soldiers, suggesting she may have been used as a human shield.
The federal official said Tuesday that investigators were still awaiting tests to determine whether she fired the assault rifle found near her body.
Two other gunmen were killed in the hours-long gun battle Saturday in the northern state of Sinaloa.