Harrowing footage shows suspected Mexican cartel member aim AK-47 at Texas DPS chopper

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Disquieting footage taken from a Texas Department of Public Safety (TDPS) helicopter appears to show a Mexican cartel gunman pointing an AK-47 at the chopper just before a shootout ensued between the Mexican armed forces and suspected cartel members, authorities told Fox News.

The video was recorded while the air unit was on patrol in the Rio Grande Valley in Starr Co. near the U.S./Mexico border. It appears to show a cartel member standing outside the passenger side of a red vehicle and scanning the sky before locating the helicopter and aiming. The pilot maneuvered the aircraft out of the line of fire and surveilled the suspects for several minutes longer.

It was reported that shortly thereafter the Mexican military responded to the situation and moved in on a suspected cartel compound wherein a firefight commenced and five cartel members were allegedly killed.

Incidents of such brazen lawlessness are more common as the crisis of illegal immigration remains unimproved, allowing drug cartels to move about virtually unimpeded and flood American streets with deadly fentanyl and violent crime, all enabled by a porous southern border under a Biden regime more interested in Jan. 6 than what are essentially acts of war against the U.S. and its citizens at the hands of cartels.

Much like any organized crime element that has been allowed to flourish, the heavily-armed drug cartels are unafraid, and they have become a regular sight along the southern border in recent months, having engaged with U.S. Border Patrol agents in the past.

In February, agents with the Border Patrol Tactical Operations (BORTAC) were fired upon from across the border in Mexico. The agents returned fire but reportedly no one was hit.

Earlier that same day, the Mexican military had engaged in a shootout with cartel members. When one man tried to cross the river into the U.S., agents tried to rescue him and were fired upon from Mexico.

In October of 2021, Army National Guard members were  taunted at the border by cartel members wearing tactical gear and brandishing AK-47s,

“What’s been happening actually this past week is we see a group of individuals … come across the river into the U.S. and smuggle people, they go back into Mexico, and they get their weapons,” TDPS spokesman Lt. Christopher Olivarez explained to the Washington Examiner at the time.

“These are assault rifles, OK, AK-47s. They’ll stand in the middle of the river, and then they’re brandishing their weapons and taunting the National Guard, who’s across on the U.S. side,” he added.

And in January of this year, several National Guard members were fired upon by suspected cartel members but no one was injured.

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