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


(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.


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