DPS trooper, Border Patrol agent hit by gunfire from Mexico

DPS Trooper

FRONTON, Texas (AP) — A Texas state trooper and a Rio Grande City Border Patrol agent have been wounded on the Texas-Mexico border by a bullet traced to a gunbattle underway on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande.

Lt. Johnny Hernandez of the Texas Department of Public Safety says the trooper was struck in the leg by what may have been an errant bullet from across the river.

The Rio Grande Valley Public Affairs Office says the border patrol agent was shot in the chest, but the bullet struck his ballistic armor. As a result, he wasn’t seriously injured.

Hernandez says it was unclear if the gunfight involved the Mexican military or state police. The Texas state trooper was hit about 1 p.m. Friday while on foot patrol in the Starr County border community of Fronton, about 105 miles upstream from Brownsville.

The trooper, whose identity hasn’t been released, was airlifted to a McAllen hospital, where he was in stable condition with what Hernandez says is a non-life-threatening wound.

Earlier this month, KXAN aired an Investigative report showing what kind of arrests DPS troopers are making along the border as part of the border surge. READ the full findings here.

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