Gunfire forces US border patrol helicopter to land in Texas

US Border Patrol chopper forced to land after being fired upon from the Mexican side of the border

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing in Texas on Friday due to being the target of gunfire from the Mexican side of the border.

The incident occurred while the helicopter was interdicting a narcotics load alongside agents from the US Border Patrol in Rio Grande near the border city of Laredo.

Speaking to local media, Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar said out of the five shots believed to have been fired at the helicopter, two hit their target.

Border Patrol spokeswoman Sara Melendez says no one aboard the chopper was injured.

The helicopter landed safely and the pilot sustained no injuries and no individuals on the ground were affected.   

There was no immediate word on whether the gunfire came from the Mexican side or the US side.

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