Shootout near international bridge halts border traffic at Texas port of entry

Posted on May 18, 2011

Here’s more proof to contradict Secretary Napolitano’s claims that the border is safer than ever.  The international bridge between Los Indios, Texas and Matamoros, Tamaulipas in Mexico was shut down today because of  a shootout on the Mexican side of the bridge:

LOS INDIOS – The small community of Los Indios is on edge. They say the violence in Mexico is breaking out too close to home.

The Los Indios International Bridge is back open to traffic. It was shut down Wednesday afternoon after a reported shootout just across the border. Folks in this area are still shaken up.

Travelers like Alejandro Juarez are surprised by a gunbattle here. He and his family were trying to get into Mexico through what he considers one the border’s calmest crossings.

“I think this is the safest way to go to Mexico because Valle Hermoso is right there, and it’s the shortest. You can cross in five minutes or less,” says Juarez.

It was a longer wait Wednesday. The bridge closed for two hours as Mexican helicopters patrolled the violence below.

Bob Martinez has lived his whole life here in Los Indios.

“There were some small explosions but mostly two helicopters. We could see them through the tree tops,” says Martinez.

He says he heard gunfire from his house near the river. His neighbors tell us this is a sign things are getting out of hand across the border.

Someone care to call Janet and clue her in?

Posted in: Mexico, Texas