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Border Patrol Agents Take Heavy Caliber Fire from Mexico

July 22, 2014  | 

U.S. Border Patrol agents on the American side of the Rio Grande were forced to take cover Friday night when high-caliber weaponry was fired at them from the Mexican side of the river. 

The weapons were fired at the U.S. side of the riverbank in the area of the Rincon Peninsula across the Rio Grande from Reynosa, Mexico, at about 8:30 p.m., sources said. Bullets ricocheted into an area where Border Patrol agents were positioned, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, told FoxNews.com

Border Patrol sources confirmed Gohmert's account, and said the shots may have been fired by .50-caliber weapons. 

"When the shooting stopped, about 40 to 50 people came out on the U.S. side and turned themselves in. So clearly the rounds were being fired to suppress every effort to stop anybody intervening with anyone or anything coming across," Gohmert added. "We have no idea what or how many or whom came across with the other illegal immigrants."

Sources said they believe the gunfire came from members of Mexican drug cartels, which include former military members trained in shooting that type of weaponry. 

Tags: Border Patrol, Mexican Drug Cartels, U.S.-Mexico Border


Comments (11)

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Cobra @ 7/22/2014 4:44 PM

So I guess Gov. Perry isn't so crazy after all by sending 1000 national guard huh!

Jerry @ 7/22/2014 5:42 PM

No greater friend, no worse enemy. Would seem as if a few clouds of pink dust would be in order.

Chuck @ 7/22/2014 5:49 PM

just wondering what the cover fire / suppression fire was used to hide that was being smuggled into the country. It appears that the illegals entering the country were not the reason for the cover fire. isn't this the third time recently our border Patrol Agents have been militarily attacked by the invading force from the south? And not a response from our federal government. So much for our crooked - criminal politicians making sure our country is secure. Every singe active - incumbent politician - elected official no matter what political affiliation needs to be put out of a job the next time we all vote. Replace them all.

db in AZ @ 7/22/2014 8:48 PM

WHEN DO WE GET TO SHOOT BACK..??????????
We certainly have the firepower....LET'S ROCK.!!!!

kevCopAz @ 7/22/2014 9:08 PM

I agree with Chuck, Im sick of this BS, Mexican Army entering US several times recently, 50 cal being shot at our people, F this, we should end NAFTA deal, close the boarder and see how fast the Mexican Government would stop this crap, knowing if they didn't there would be a revolution and their heads would roll. I bet within a week this border crap would end. Simple $ talks, end the US $ flow and it will end the crisis, same with the Central American "refugees" coming North.

Milton in AZ @ 7/22/2014 9:10 PM

Prior to WW2, the U.S. Army patrolled both of our borders alongside the Border Patrol. Then Pearl Harbor happened, and our military was pulled off the borders to fight a world war. They never went back after the war. We need to position 2 divisions on our southern border. The divisions would be staggered in their deployment and rotated out every other year. The terrain and circumstances would provide an excellent training exercise. I would love to see a cartel incursion come up face-to-face with a U.S Army Stryker or USMC LAV-25 with their 25mm Bushmaster chain guns. Mince-meat anyone?

Ron @ 7/22/2014 10:36 PM

This should never be happening, I agree with Milton in AZ and everyone else, stop NAFTA, take care of the Cartel and the Mexican Military. Start shooting back, hey send in an AC130 Spectra Gunship see what happens

MGDuece @ 7/23/2014 3:24 AM

All these comments sound good but our Government is making money off the drugs flowing into this country. As long as a demand is present it will continue. States that legalize pot create a demand. Just look what alcohol has caused. I'm sure we all know a friend or family member who had a drinking problem.

Capt. Crunch @ 7/23/2014 8:08 AM

What's with the border patrol, they have firearms why don't they use them. They don't need permission from Obama, to shoot back to protect their lives. F- political correctness.

Fresh50 @ 7/23/2014 11:56 AM

I say start up the armed drones. As soon as we ID the drug traffic coming across the river, blow them back to good ol Mexico.

TheRookie @ 7/24/2014 3:49 AM

Try telling Police Officers with LAPD, NYPD, Detroit, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, & on & on not to shoot & fight back when attacked. Wouldn't happen. If a Supervisor of told that to me as a Officer/Deputy I would have told you to shove it & that was all the way up to Chief or Sheriff. The good old days of no PCP.

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