Mexican law enforcement helicopter fires at U.S. agents
A massive steel fence separates the U.S. and Mexico near Sasabe, Ariz. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)
RICHARD A. SERRANO
27 June 2013
A Mexican law enforcement helicopter crossed over into U.S. airspace and fired two shots near U.S. Border Patrol agents, according to U.S. law enforcement officials.
The incident prompted a quick apology from Mexican authorities in what is the second incursion this year of Mexican forces into U.S. territory, officials said.
The incident occurred about 5 a.m. Thursday in southern Arizona about 100 yards north of the U.S.-Mexico border, officials said, while Mexican authorities were tracking and trying to apprehend about 45 people in a drug operation as the
suspects were attempting to cross into the United States.
No one was injured after the shots were fired near the town of San Miguel, Ariz., the officials said.
According to a statement by U.S. officials, Mexican authorities quickly apologized and said the shots were a “mistake.”
In January, two heavily armed Mexican soldiers crossed into Arizona near the same spot and drew their weapons on U.S. Border Patrol officers there.
No one was injured in that incident.