Thursday, January 13, 2011
Mexican gunmen fire across border at U.S. highway workers
By Adriana Gómez Licón / El Paso Times
Mexican gunmen opened fire on U.S. road workers 25 miles east of Fort Hancock, Texas, about 10:30 a.m., said Arvin West, sheriff of Hudspeth County.
County employees were working on the Indian Hot Springs Road, a county road that runs almost adjacent to the western Texas-Mexico border.
They heard three to four rounds of shots coming from the Mexican side and departed the area.
West did not say how many workers were there, but he said they were not injured. The Texas Department of Public Safety said troopers escorted the workers and their equipment out of the shooting scene with no injuries. They did not know how many road workers were repairing the Indian Hot Springs Road at the time.
West said his sheriff's office and the Texas Ranger Division were investigating the shooting. West said drug smugglers use that area to traffic narcotics and appeared to have fired their guns to scare the road workers away.
No Hudspeth County officials, beside Sheriff Arvin West, are commenting on the cross-border gunfire. Border Patrol officials in the Marfa, Texas, sector said the Texas Department of Public Safety spotted a vehicle on the Mexican side.
"We did respond after we were notified by DPS," said spokesman Bill Brooks. But Border Patrol is not investigating.
"There is no beefing up anyway," he said.