Mexican helicopter crossed border, fired shots near U.S. agents

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(CNN) — A Mexican law enforcement helicopter crossed into Arizona and fired two shots near U.S. border agents in what Mexican authorities later acknowledged was a mistake, a U.S. law enforcement official said Friday.

No one was hurt in the incident, which happened about 100 yards into U.S. territory as Mexican police were conducting an anti-drug operation, the official said on condition of anonymity.

Information about who authorities aboard the helicopter were targeting wasn’t immediately available.

No one returned fire, and the helicopter returned to Mexico, the official said.

A separate official, U.S. border patrol spokeswoman Vivian McLoughlin, confirmed the helicopter crossed into U.S. territory, saying it happened at 5:45 a.m. Thursday.

She did not provide further details.

Mexican authorities called U.S. authorities and acknowledged a mistake, saying shots were fired from the helicopter after it accidentally crossed the border, the first U.S. source said.

U.S. Marine sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi has been held by Mexican authorities after he crossed the border, he says accidentally.

According to CNN, Tahmooressi told officials what happened and said he had three registered guns in his pickup truck.

He was charged him with possession of weapons and ammunition and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

U.A. officials have said little about Tahmooressi and question his story.

His supporters have asked President Obama to step in.


  • Belinda Lin (@BelindaLin3)

    I know…let’s trade 1,000,000 illegals for 1 American.

    We have thousands of homeless people in this country living in the backseats of cars and no federal help.

    Why are we obligated to house these ILLEGAL people? They already get FREE healthcare at hospitals. What’s next – giving them free food, voting rights, and a EBT card / welfare check? Good grief! Americans like myself are struggling. I’m employed (temp work) but can’t afford health insurance. I don’t drive much either cause I can’t afford gas. My basic $19/month car insurance from Insurance Panda probably won’t cover me for huge accidents either. I cut cable and internet and I haven’t been out to eat or to the movies in god knows how long. It infuriates me that these people who don’t even belong here are getting more freebies than tax paying, law abiding citizens like myself!

    Illegal alien show up and all of sudden the DHHS can buy a college to house them.

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