Shootout On the Rio Grande – Gun Runners Fire on Texas Rangers… Drug Runners Lose

US officials exchanged fire with Mexican drug runners today on the Rio Grande. Three suspected drug runners were injured in the attack.
KWTX reported:

U.S. law enforcement officers exchanged gunfire early Thursday morning with drug runners while attempting to intercept boats loaded with drugs on the Rio Grande, the Department of Public Safety said.

The officers were participating in a multi-agency Texas Ranger Recon operation, the DPS said.

At least three suspected drug runners were wounded in the shootout, the DPS said.

Early Thursday the U.S. officers spotted a suspicious vehicle on the U.S. side of the river along with two drug cartel recovery boats, the DPS said.

Three patrol boats the U.S. officers were using to attempt to intercept the cartel boats received heavy gunfire from the Mexican side of the border, the DPS said.

There were no reports of injuries among the U.S. officers.

Public Opinion has more.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said in a brief statement that U.S. agents came under heavy fire from the Mexican side Thursday morning as they tried to seize a drug load. The statement did not indicate that any U.S. law enforcement officers were injured.

DPS spokeswoman Tela Mange said the shootout took place in Hidalgo County, about 240 miles south of San Antonio. She would not release additional details.

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