Texas state trooper hit by gun­fire from Mex­ico

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FRONTON, Texas — A Texas state trooper was wounded on the Tex­as­Mex­ico bor­der by a bul­let traced to a gun­bat­tle un­der­way on the Mex­i­can side of the Rio Grande.

Lt. Johnny Her­nan­dez of the Texas Depart­ment of Pub­lic Safety said the trooper was struck in the leg by what may have been an er­rant bul­let from across the river.

Her­nan­dez said it was un­clear if the gun­fight in­volved the Mex­i­can military or state police.

The Texas state trooper was hit about 1 p.m. Fri­day while on foot pa­trol in the Starr County bor­der com- mu­nity of Fronton, about 105 miles up­stream from Brownsville.

The trooper, whose iden­tity hasn’t been re­leased, was air­lifted to a McAllen hos­pi­tal, where he was in sta­ble con­di­tion with what Her­nan­dez says is a non-life-threat­en­ing wound.

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