Border Patrol Union Claims Mexican Military Shot Agents
December 1, 2016
The local Border Patrol Union said the shooting of two law enforcement officials near the river in Starr County was intentional.
A DPS trooper and a U.S. Border Patrol agent were shot last Friday in Fronton. Authorities reported Mexican law enforcement or military were involved in a shootout with gunmen across the Rio Grande that day.
The FBI and the Texas Rangers are leading the investigation. They said both of the agents are recovering well.
However, the Border Patrol union said more needs to be done to make sure this doesn’t happen again.
Border Patrol Union vice president Chris Barrera represents Border Patrol agents who are not allowed to speak to the media. He said the agent and the DPS trooper were targeted by Mexican authorities.
“When two people get shot in the torso at over 250 yards away, that’s not an accident. That’s deliberate, well-aimed, well-trained shooting,” he said.
Border Patrol Deputy Chief Raul Ortiz said the FBI and DPS will determine exactly what happened that day. He said he’s just glad no one was seriously hurt.
“I think a lot of that information is going to unfold as the investigation continues,” he said.
Authorities said a ballistics vest saved the Border Patrol agent from serious harm.
Cabrera said some agents have to share armor; much of it across the sector is outdated. He said more agents need to have one of their own.
However, Ortiz said all agents are assigned vests and are encouraged to wear them every day. He said agents also have additional equipment available to them.
“What we have done to ensure that our agents are prepared in all our areas is we have what we call war riders,” he said. “In the simplest terms, it provides additional equipment that the agents can utilize in a high threat situation.”
Cabrera said even though the incident wasn’t fatal, it shouldn’t be taken lightly.
“Had this been the reverse scenario, somebody shooting into Mexico, Mexico would be having a fit right now,” he said.
Cabrera said someone should be held accountable for an incident that could have been much worse.
Ortiz said Border Patrol sent more equipment to agents in Starr County. He said special operations groups will also work in the area.