A shooting that injured a Texas sheriff’s deputy was the first indisputable case of spillover violence from the Mexican drug wars in Hidalgo County, Tex., says Sheriff Lupe Trevino, according to the Associated Press. Trevino said the Sunday shootout erupted while one of his deputies investigated a reported kidnapping and drug deal. One suspect was killed and two were wounded. In all, six people were taken into custody, including the alleged kidnapping victim, and are awaiting charges.
The sheriff said a protective vest probably saved the life of Deputy Hugo Rodriguez. “It started in Mexico, it had a violent confrontation in Mexico, that violent confrontation was spilled over here. This is the very first one that we can actually say, ‘Yes, here it is. It has happened,'” Trevino said. “Now, there are more cartel members living in Texas, in the Valley, in the United States. I’ll guarantee you there’s a ton of them.”