A 17-year-old boy was shot dead over the weekend by police in the northern Mexican city of Apodaca after he waved a toy gun at officers during a traffic stop, security officials said.

Eduardo Reyes was killed around 1:30 a.m. Sunday by officers who stopped the stolen vehicle he was riding in with some friends, the Nuevo Leon state Security Council said.

Reyes's two friends were arrested, a spokesman for the security council said.

The shooting occurred at the crossroads of Miguel Aleman highway and Agua Fria in Apodaca, a city in the Monterrey metropolitan area.

Municipal police officers spotted the three teenagers riding in a vehicle that had been reported stolen and ordered them to stop.

The teens tried to flee from police and flipped their vehicle during the chase.

Reyes pointed the plastic gun at police, who opened fire on him, the state security council said.

The victim's two friends, who are 15 and 18, told investigators they had stolen two automobiles.

The Monterrey metropolitan area has been plagued in recent years by a wave of drug-related violence blamed on a turf war involving the Los Zetas and Gulf cartels.

The cartels have been fighting for control of Monterrey, the capital of Nuevo Leon, and smuggling routes into the United States.

The wave of drug-related violence in Nuevo Leon claimed the lives of 2,003 people in 2011, official figures show.

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