On 25 May 1979, two inspectors from the Higher Police Force (Secret Police) were looking for a vehicle that had been stolen by a group of terrorists and noticed a car with a suspicious registration plate in the Polígono de San Pablo district of Seville. Around 12.30 pm, they saw an individual get into the car and went to arrest him. At that moment, three GRAPO members came up behind them and starting firing at them. Police Inspector Damián Seco was shot through the heart. During the exchange of fire, Antonio Cívico Mendoza, a young man from the area, was also hit. Both men died before reaching hospital.
Antonio Cívico Mendoza was 18 and lived in the building opposite the attack with his parents and five siblings. He had been on his way back from buying cigarettes in a newsagent’s shop and was waiting on the kerb for the local bus when he was caught in the crossfire.