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Mexican drug violence spills into Texas after cartel gunmen storm past U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint

July 15, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican drug violence spills into Texas after cartel gunmen storm past U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint

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Two cartel members escaping from a violent gun battle with Mexican authorities ran through U.S. border security measures two times as they drove to Eagle Pass, Texas and back; using their vehicle to crash into barriers.

The gunmen managed to cross into Eagle Pass through International Bridge-2 by driving through the security checkpoints. Just after they came back through a second bridge that was closed at the time, they used their car to drive through security barriers and later abandoned it and fled on foot.

The violence started overnight near the rural area of Nava, Coahuila, when police received information about two gunmen in a white Toyota Tundra, El Rancherita reported.

Cartel gunmen crashed through U.S. Border Patrol security barrier fence on July 13th (El Eancherita)

State police with a special investigative unit located the vehicle along Boulevard Carranza in the border city of Piedras Negras.

Cops tried to pull the men over but were met with gunshots as they sped off–beginning a high-speed pursuit.

The men managed to reach the main plaza in Piedras Negras, where they once again engaged with police in a firefight.

The suspects were fleeing the scene of gun battle in the border city of Pedras Negras (El Rancherita)

As they traveled to International Bridge #2, gunmen rammed their way through other cars and barriers as they used the inbound lanes through Mexican Customs to get the U.S. side.

Coahuila state officers called their counterparts in Texas. Before U.S. authorities were able to capture the shooters, they drove to another international bridge, according to Breitbart Texas.

Although the crossing was closed, the gunmen rammed through the security barriers and drove back into Mexico.

One of the cartels wounded gunmen wounded in the shootout with Mexican authorities (El Rancherita)

The Mexican Army, Fuerza Coahuila, and local police had been guarding the area. However, they were able to make their way to a nearby area called Mundo Nuevo where they ditched the vehicle and ran away on foot.

The SUV was located with multiple bullet holes and extensive damage.

During the initial shoot out and chase, two Coahuila officers from the investigative unit and six officers with Fuerza Coahuila were wounded. The six officials with Fuerza Coahuila appear were injured in a crash during the chase. Authorities have not revealed how the two other officers were hurt.

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