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Feds: Border Patrol Agent patroling Rio Grande in Texas shot by gunman in Mexico

December 29, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds: Border Patrol Agent patroling Rio Grande in Texas shot by gunman in Mexico Photo: CBP

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Federal authorities have confirmed the shooting of a U.S. Border Patrol agent guarding the waters of the Rio Grande. The shot was fired from the Mexican side of the river.

The shooting occurred near Brownsville, Texas, when a border patrol agent on a boat was struck with a “small caliber” weapon that was shot from the river banks on the Mexican side, according to the Brownville Herald.

The identity of the agent and additional information has not been released. However, USBP officials confirmed that the agent’s wounds were not life-threatening. It is not clear if the suspects have been apprehended. Mexico’s strict gun laws forbid or make it very challenging for citizens to possess handguns, rifles or shotguns.

The shooting occurred a little over a year after, in a similar fashion, Gulf Cartel gunmen shot a U.S. Border Patrol agent and a Texas State Trooper near the border city of Roma, Texas, last November.

Brownsville is located north of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, a stronghold for the Gulf Cartel, a criminal group that profits from trafficking drugs and illegal human smuggling through Texas into states such as Oklahoma, Florida, Georgia, and others.

A split within the Gulf Cartel has been responsible for the heightened violence in the region–setting off fierce firefights in the border cities of Reynosa, Brownsville, and surrounding areas over drug trafficking territories.

The infighting has led to clandestine grave sites, shallow execution pits, and mass incineration sites to dispose of the bodies of victims and rivals.

The raging turf war prompted The National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) to issue an advisory last January warning agents of the danger posed by cartel violence spilling over the border.

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