Late Friday we posted this story on a Border Patrol helicopter forced to make an emergency landing in Laredo, Texas after it was hit by two bullets. CNN is now reporting that the gunfire came from Mexico’s side of the border:

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing in Texas after it was struck by gunfire from the Mexican side of the border Friday.

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.

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz flew to Texas after hearing about the incident and posted this photo of the damaged helicopter to Instagram showing just how close this story came to having an unhappy ending:


More photos of Rep. Chaffetz and Rep. Blake Farenthold on patrol:

Doing patrol with CBP in Laredo Texas. #GOPoversight

A video posted by Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) on

With @farenthold where the CBP helicopter was shot. @gopoversight

A photo posted by Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) on

We need more dogs helping CBP.

A video posted by Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) on


Editor’s note: The title of this post has been change to correct and editing error. 



Gunfire forces Border Patrol helicopter to make emergency landing in Texas


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