Mexican helicopter crosses border, opens fire on U.S. Border Patrol agents


by T. Kevin Whiteman

As reported by Tucson NBC affiliate KVOA, a Mexican military helicopter not only crossed the international border, but also opened fire on U.S. Border Patrol agents. With the story still developing, it’s been initially reported that the Mexican copter’s entry into American airspace was entirely accidental.

Supposedly engaged in a drug interdiction mission, the helo crossed the Arizona/Sonora border west of the San Miguel Gate unofficial border crossing, on the road known officially as Indian Route 19. The area where the illegal crossing by the Mexican military took place was over the Tohono O’odham Indian Nation located in south-central Arizona.

Reportedly, this was not part of any US-Mexican joint drug bust operation. Both the U.S. Border Patrol and the union representing Border Patrolmen in greater southern Arizona have issued statements regarding at least two shots being fired by the Mexicans on at least two different U.S. agents. Andy Adame, the official spokesman for the Border Patrol Agency, released the following:

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