An attorney and a former inmate were murdered by gunmen in El Progreso, a city in the northern Honduran province of Yoro, while a third person was wounded, emergency services officials said.

Jose Ramon Lagos, the unidentified former inmate and a third person, identified as Jaime Funes, were ambushed Saturday near the fire department headquarters in El Progreso, fire department spokesman Pedro Barahona said.

Lagos, who served as president of the bar association in El Progreso in 2009, was pronounced dead from gunshot wounds at Mario Catarino Rivas Hospital in the northern city of San Pedro Sula, Barahona said.

The former inmate was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting, the fire department spokesman said.

"There was a shooting, one person died at the scene and the other died en route to the hospital, and there is a third person wounded," Barahona said.

The 62-year-old Funes is being treated at a public hospital in northern Honduras.

The 2011 homicide rate of 92 per 100,000 people in Honduras was one of the highest in the world, a recent U.N. report said.

About 15 violent deaths occur in the Central American country daily, figures compiled by the National Police and human rights groups show.

At least 30 lawyers have been murdered in the past 20 months in Honduras, the Human Rights Commission said in a report. EFE