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Texas Trooper and Border Patrol Agent Shot Near by the Rio Grande River

A U.S. Border Patrol agent was also struck by gunfire Friday in Starr County, but he was protected from serious injury by a ballistic vest.

The Border Patrol agent is assigned to the Rio Grande City Station.

Original Story: A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper and Border Patrol Agent were shot Friday afternoon near Fronton, said Lt. Johnny Hernandez, a spokesman for the agency.

The trooper was shot in the pelvic area and transported to the hospital. The agent was struck in his vest and not injured.

Troopers and agents were monitoring armed individuals on an island in the Rio Grande between the United States and Mexico. The Tamaulipas, Mexico state police approached the armed individuals and a firefight ensued. The Texas state trooper was shot in the center pelvic area.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the trooper was hit by a stray bullet or intentionally shot by someone involved in the firefight.

A Department of Public Safety helicopter transported the trooper to McAllen Medical Center. The injury is non-life threatening, Hernandez said.

A multi-agency investigation is currently underway.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.

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