Mexican authorities say gunmen have burst into the home of a small town's police chief and killed him in the northern state of Durango.

A statement from state prosecutors say Police Chief Macario Parada was already wounded from a shootout and was recovering at home when the attackers struck in the town of Ocampo.

Prosecutors say the assailants kidnapped police officers assigned as Parada's bodyguards before the attack Friday.

Some of Mexico's most notorious drug kingpins are believed to be hiding in Durango.

The big, mountainous state is one Mexico's most dangerous places, with homicides more than doubling over the past two years amid a turf war between the Sinaloa and Zetas drug cartels.