U.S. helicopter fired on from Mexico side of the border, authorities say

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By Dave Alsup


(CNN) — A U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing in Texas after it was fired on from the Mexican side of the border Friday evening.

Laredo Police were called by border patrol, who said “one of their helicopters had received gunfire,” said police spokesman Joe Baeza.

The helicopter was flying over an area notorious for illegal border crossings and narcotics smuggling.

“Our helicopter actually landed in Laredo and there were no injuries,” the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

Neither police nor border patrol officials could say whether the gunfire struck the helicopter.

Preliminary indications are that the gunfire came from the Mexican side of the border, Laredo Police said.

While it’s not unusual to hear gunshots, incidents of cross border shootings are rare, Baeza said.

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