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Officials: Border Patrol Under Heavy Fire from Mexican Cartels Near Texas

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents came under heavy fire from the Mexican side of the border Friday night, Fox News reports.

Authorities believe .50-caliber rounds were fired at the U.S. side of the riverbank near Rincon Peninsula across from Reynosa, Mexico. Sources told Fox News that the gunfire likely came from Mexican drug cartels.

“We don’t have any armor that can stop a .50-caliber round, so our Border Patrol agents had to take cover when the rounds were richocheting around them,” Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas said.

“When the shooting stopped, about 40 to 50 people came out on the U.S. side and turned themselves in. So clearly the rounds were being fired to suppress every effort to stop anybody intervening with anyone or anything coming across,” Gohmert added. “We have no idea what or how many or whom came across with the other illegal immigrants.”

The shooting comes at a time when the U.S. is in the midst of an immigration crisis involving unaccompanied children from Central America.

Man Who Threatened to Kill President Was Killed in Shootout Outside of Phoenix Bank

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A man who was sentenced to jail in 2011 for threatening to kill President Obama died in a shootout with police outside of a bank in Phoenix, Ariz., ABC News reports.

Mario Edward Garnett was wanted in connection with a spree of bank robberies and the slaying of a police officer in Mississippi when he was killed Saturday.

In August 2010, Garnett allegedly posted a threatening message on the White House website: “if you order a strike on Iran, I’m going to come up there and blow your brains out on national TV. You scheming hypocrite … Netanyahu is a dead man. Damn Israel.”

Instead of spending six months in prison, which was his sentence, Garnett was released after just one month.

The FBI told ABC News that Garnett was armed when he robbed the Phoenix bank.

Mexican Police Arrest 3rd Suspect in Slaying of Border Patrol Agent

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The December 2010 slaying of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry shed light on the U.S. government’s botched gun-smuggling investigation, Operation Fast and Furious, The Washington Times reports.

Now a third suspect is in custody in the shootout that left Terry dead in the Arizona borderlands.

Police in Sinaloa, Mexico, arrested suspect Ivan Soto Barraza, 30.

He is awaiting extradition, the Times reported.

“Brian’s family is pleased to hear of another arrest and we remain hopeful that two additional fugitives believed to be in Mexico will be arrested. Questions remain unanswered about the death of Brian, including details on the failed gun trafficking investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious,” Terry’s cousin told Reuters.

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FBI-Involved Shootout Ends with 1 Suspect Dead, Another Injured in Philadelphia

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A shootout between two suspects and the FBI and police ended with one suspect dead and another injured, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The newspaper reported that both men were suspects in murders and robberies across the city and were determined to fight if authorities tried to apprehend them. 

That’s exactly what happened when FBI agents and Philadelphia police swarmed their hangout early Monday afternoon, according to The Inquirer. After a 10-minute gunfight, 21-year-old Tevin Hammond was dead and 19-year-old Justin Mackie was severely wounded.

Authorities were not injured.

“They knew people were looking for them, and they made it very clear they would not surrender,”  Philadelphia Police Lt. John Stanford told the Inquirier.

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Louisiana Shootout Suspects Probed for Link to Domestic Terrorism

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Some of the suspects in the fatal shootout with Louisiana deputies have ties to violent anarchists on the FBI’s domestic terrorism watch lists, the Associated Press reports.

The FBI is joining the investigation of Thursday’s shootout in Laplace, La., where two deputies were killed and two more wounded, police said.

At least some of the seven suspects were adherents to the “sovereign citizens” movement, which believes people are free from the responsibilities of a U.S. citizen, such as laying taxes, according to the AP.

The movement has been linked to threats against judges and law enforcement as well as fake currency.