US Border Patrol Helicopter Shot At From Mexico Side, Chopper Makes Emergency Landing In Texas
A United States Border Patrol helicopter was fired on from the Mexican side of the border and forced to make an emergency landing in Texas on Friday, U.S. authorities said. The helicopter was flying over an area, infamous for illegal border crossings and drug smuggling, CNN reported.
“Our helicopter actually landed in Laredo and there were no injuries,” the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said, according to CNN, which added that it was not clear if the gunfire hit the helicopter.
However, there are contradicting reports about the gunfire. According to Laredo Morning Times, which cited Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar, five shots are believed to have been fired in the direction of the helicopter, and two of those hit it. Laredo is the county seat of Webb County.
The Border Patrol called the Laredo Police on Friday, telling them that “one of their helicopters had received gunfire,” CNN reported, citing Joe Baeza, a police spokesman.
A report by the Associated Press cited Sara Melendez, the spokeswoman for Border Patrol, saying that the helicopter had landed safely.