For the First Time Mexican Border Gunbattle Closes Street in El Paso
For the first time a street in El Paso was shut down today because of a shooting in Mexico. One person was killed in the Juarez gunbattle.
The El Paso Times has video:
Raw video: Police respond to shooting near border
A gunbattle erupted between Mexican police and gunmen near the Rio Grande on Saturday, killing one person and prompting U.S. authorities to close a highway that runs along the border in El Paso, Texas.
There were no reports of bullets crossing into the U.S. side, El Paso police Detective Mike Baranyay said.
The gunmen attacked a municipal police patrol on a boulevard in Ciudad Juarez next to the border river, said Ramon Salinas, a spokesman for Mexico’s federal police.
The fighting escalated when federal police rushed to help, he said. One gunman was killed and three municipal police officers were wounded.
El Paso police closed that city’s border highway for about 30 minutes because of the shooting. City police said the U.S. Border Patrol asked for the shutdown.
Doug Mosier, a spokesman for the Border Patrol, said Paisano Street was closed “in the interest of public safety.” He said that to his knowledge, it was the first time a street in El Paso has been shut down because of a shooting in Mexico.
Traffic was halted on a stretch running from downtown El Paso to the city’s northwest, passing the University of Texas-El Paso, which overlooks the border.