TEXAS — In a scene straight out of a movie, two gunmen from a Mexican drug cartel crossed the U.S. border twice in their efforts to flee from Mexican authorities, using their truck to ram through security barriers.
An article published by Breitbart on Friday stated, “The violence began overnight near the rural community of Nava, Coahuila, when authorities received information about two gunmen riding in a late-model white Toyota Tundra.”
The Mexican fugitives were able to cross into Eagle Pass, Texas through International Bridge #2 by driving straight through the security checkpoints. Shortly thereafter, they crossed back into Mexico via a second bridge that was closed at the time by ramming the truck through security barriers.
The chase involved Texas police officers when they saw the truck driving along Boulevard Carranza near the intersection with Airport Boulevard in the border city of Piedras Negras. Officers attempted to pull the gunmen over, but a high-speed chase ensued after they were shot at.
The gunmen arrived at the main plaza in Piedras Negras, called the Plaza de Las Culturas, and again fired on police before arriving at the International Bridge #2. The gunmen then rammed their way through other vehicles and barriers as they drove in the inbound lanes of Mexican Customs to reach the U.S. side of the bridge.
Coahuila state police officers contacted their colleagues in Texas, but before they could do anything to help, the gunmen made their way to another international bridge, which was closed at the time. Forcefully ramming their way through the security barriers, the pair quickly returned to Mexico.
The criminals ditched the badly-damaged truck in a nearby neighborhood called Mundo Nuevo and fled on foot with the Mexican Army, Fuerza Coahuila, and local police officers in hot pursuit.
The incident left two Coahuila police officers from the initial investigative unit injured and six officers with Fuerza Coahuila were wounded in a crash during the high-speed chase.
CBP provided the following to Breitbart Texas regarding the episode:
Shortly after 11 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, a white Toyota Tundra that had avoided inspection in Piedras Negras, Mexico was observed at Camino Real International Bridge. CBP officers temporarily stopped traffic as a precaution. As CBP officers approached the vehicle, it accelerated at a high rate of speed and fled north through the outbound lanes and shortly thereafter fled south at Eagle Pass Bridge I, which had closed for the evening at 11 p.m., crashing through a locked gate. Mexican military authorities in Piedras Negras stopped the vehicle and arrested the occupants. CBP would defer to Government of Mexico authorities regarding any inquiries regarding the subjects and the investigation.
TEAM DML applauds Breitbart for excellent reporting.
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