One-hundred Mexican police officers who were conducting shooting practice at a shooting range in Tapachula, Mexico got a little more excitement than they had likely anticipated. One of the officers’ bullets hit a hive containing aggressive Africanized bees and the group was swarmed.
About 70 police officers were taken to hospital, some of those with serious injuries from multiple stings. News accounts of the incident did not indicate whether the officer deliberately fired on the nest or whether it was hit by a stray bullet.
Africanized bees, often called killer bees, were accidentally released from a laboratory in Brazil in 1957 and began heading north.