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Inside escalating violence in a US border town when “cartel member was filmed aiming AK-47 at Texas patrol helicopter”

VIOLENCE escalated at the US border when a cartel member was filmed aiming an AK-47 at a Texas patrol helicopter.

A Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter has captured footage of a suspected gunman pointing a gun at the helicopter near the US-Mexico border.

Helicopter footage shows a gunman pointing a gun at the plane

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Helicopter footage shows a gunman pointing a gun at the planePhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty
Violence at the US-Mexico border has escalated in recent months

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Violence at the US-Mexico border has escalated in recent monthsPhoto credit: TxDPS
The helicopter was patrolling the border when it was targeted

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The helicopter was patrolling the border when it was targetedPhoto credit: TxDPS

The Texas helicopter was reportedly patrolling the US-Mexico border in Starr County when the footage was captured.

A suspect on the Mexico side of the border stands next to a red SUV before brandishing a gun.

“They have an AK-47 that they just pointed at us,” the pilot is heard saying.

The footage shows the pilot of the helicopter attempting to flee the area.

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A deadly shootout then reportedly ensued, with shots being fired between suspected cartel members and the Mexican military.

Five suspected cartel members were killed. Four others were arrested and several weapons and cars were confiscated.

The area in question has been the scene of numerous shootings in recent months.

As US officials deal with an influx of migrants, armed cartel personnel have become a fixture at the US-Mexico border.

In January, US Border Patrol agents were shot at in an incident also in Starr County.

“Shots were fired at border security agents from Mexico during detentions of migrants in the area adjacent to the Rio Grande,” a spokesman for US Customs and Border Protection said border report.

“No one was injured in the incident and shots were not returned.”

A similar incident also happened in February.

Members of Special Operations Group Border Patrol Tactical Operations (BORTAC) came under fire from across the border and returned fire.

But this violence dates back further, with similar incidents also recorded in late 2021.

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In addition to an increase in violence, border guards are also dealing with drug smuggling, human trafficking and more.

In March alone, US Customs and Border Protection arrested dozens of people in Starr County on smuggling and related charges.

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