Mexican officials are denying that one of their helicopters crossed the border last week and fired on U.S. Border Patrol agents tracking drug smugglers.
Border patrol officials reported the incident southwest of Tucson, Ariz. on Friday saying that after firing shots, the chopper flew back to Mexico and that Mexican authorities had issued an apology.
Mexico denied the account, saying its helicopter was under attack while on a mission to track the smugglers, according to NBC affiliate WMBF News.
But Art del Cueto, the president of the local border patrol union, told WMBF that the helicopter shot at a marked patrol car carrying four U.S. Border Patrol agents.
“They could say they didn’t fire at the agents intentionally, but for them to say that they were no shots fired within the United States, toward the United States Border Patrol, is a lie,” del Cueto said. “They got in contact with our managers and apologized for the incident.”
Tomas Zeron, director of the Mexican attorney general’s investigative office, acknowledged Friday that Mexican authorities were conducting an operation “on the border,” according to CNN.
“I do not think we crossed the border because we brought our navigation,” he said. “But it was just 100 meters from the border.”
The criminals shot at Mexican helicopters and were later apprehended, Zeron told CNN.
“The only ones doing the shooting were those that we have now detained,” he said, adding that no mistake was made and no apology was necessary.
Watch the report of the incident via CNN:
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