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Violence spilling over the border from Mexico has Texas residents living in fear

February 28, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Violence spilling over the border from Mexico has Texas residents living in fear

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Residents of Starr County, Texas, said they are tired of living in fear of the violence spilling over the border from Mexico

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) confirmed reports of an exchange of gunfire after shots were fired from the Mexican side of the border at CBP Agents patrolling Rio Grande City, Texas.

Law enforcement officials said the region where the shots originated from is under the control of the Los Metros faction of the Gulf Cartel headed by Julian Loisa Salinas alias Comandante Toro.

Additional calls of shots fired came in early Friday morning around 8:30 a.m. in the Texas border community of Refugio, which sits by Rio Grande City.

Locals said CBP agents and officials from the Department of Public Safety converged on a dead-end street after bullets rang out from across the border.

According to Town Resident Rene Garza, the community has learned to live with all the violence spilling over from Mexico.

“Around eight this morning, shots came from the other side of the border, the Mexican army was shooting someone, and crossed over.”

“Before we wouldn’t see shootings,” he said. “Now, if you stand here at night, you will hear the gunfire. It’s normal,” Garza said of the community he grew up in as a young boy.

Garza revealed that neighbors refuse to speak about criminal activity out of fear of retaliation, but now he refuses to stay silent, saying he’s tired of looking the other way.

CBP agents are conducting an investigation into the shooting by the river, a short distance from the home of Garza.

Garza said a field outside his house was his playground growing up, but now, the area is a no man’s land. “As soon as you step out in this field, you will have a Border Patrol watching us, the more military, the more police, the more security they put here, they are going to get across. It’s a cat and mouse game; that’s the reality.”

Although he said he was happy that there is an increased law enforcement presence in the area, town residents are still on edge, lately.

The region area that separates the community of El Refugio and the Rio Grande River has a rough, thick, bushy landscape, which provides the ideal terrain for smugglers to hide.

Border Patrol released a statement regarding the gunfire exchange:

“On Friday, at approximately 8:30 a.m. CST, Border Patrol Agents, assigned to the Rio Grande City Station, reported being fired upon from the Mexican side of the Rio Grande near El Refugio, Texas.

An agent returned fire using his service-issued weapon and retreated to a safer location.

Officers reported no injuries to any CBP employees. No other agent fired their weapon.

The Government of Mexico was notified of the incident, who reported no injuries to anyone on the Mexican side of the river.

Officers made no arrest apprehensions, nor was there contraband discovered. The incident is currently under investigation by the Starr County Sheriff’s Office.

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