Photo: Texas Sheriff Says Shootout Was "Spill Over" of Mexico's Drug Violence
After a shootout left a deputy seriously injured and a Mexican man dead, the local county sheriff is saying it was linked to a nearby dispute involving the Gulf Cartel, one of Mexico’s largest drug trafficking gangs.
Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said the violent dispute “spilled over” into the U.S. from Mexico, saying it’s the first time he’s been able to point to an incident and say the violence from Mexico has finally crossed the border.
Trevino says the related violence started with the death of Samuel Flores Borrego in September. Borrego was described as the second in command of the Gulf Cartel. His death coincided with a stolen marijuana load, which was taken to an Edinburg, Texas home.
The cartel allegedly crossed into the U.S. to look for the stolen drug load, and kidnapped someone in the Edinburg home where the drugs had been found.
Sunday afternoon, a shootout began when deputies arrived at the location of a truck believed to be involved in the kidnapping.
Deputy Hugo Rodriguez was shot twice in the chest and once in the abdomen. He was told a bullet may have to remain in his femur, but otherwise the 33-year-old is expected to recover.
The man killed in the altercation was identified as Daniel Gonzalez Perez, a Mexican man known to be a member of the Partido Revolutionaro gang, which is said to have been hired by the Gulf Cartel to find the missing marijuana.
Six suspects were arrested and remain in custody and face charges of kidnapped, attempted capital murder, and drug and weapons possession.
Investigators did determine that Perez was responsible for shots fired at Rodriquez before being shot himself by other deputies.