The following is a release from the International Association of Chiefs of Police:
On June 5 at approximately 5:30 p.m., a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol helicopter sustained damage from small arms fire while on patrol in a drug interdiction mission on the border of Texas and Mexico. The helicopter took two direct hits from suspects on the ground.
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Many helicopter pilots involved with narcotic interdiction work on the Mexican border keep their ballistic body armor beneath their seat instead of wearing it. In this case, it worked! One round penetrated the cabin of the helicopter and was stopped by the pilot’s vest directly under his seat.
In a short telephone conversation with Border Patrol agent and National Border Patrol Council Local 455 Chapter President Hector Garza, this practice is not uncommon as the biggest threat to pilots’ safety comes from the ground.
U.S. authorities state the shooting took place in an area known as La Bota Ranch, a subdivision of Laredo Texas. The helicopter and the crew were part of a coordinated effort to interdict a load of narcotics coming from Mexico into Texas. Local authorities believe that the …read more
Source:: Tactical Life