Texas National Guard Allegedly Shot a Mexican Man Across the Border

(RepublicanJournal.org) – Investigators on both sides of the southern border are looking into an incident that occurred near a bridge connecting Juarez and El Paso. According to accounts, a Texas National Guardsman fired across the divide, hitting a man. Mexican media outlets have painted the incident as a possible border crossing event, calling the individual who was hit a victim, but US sources say the man had been armed and was attacking migrants.

The shooting occurred on Saturday, August 26, at roughly 8:50 p.m. Breitbart reports that the individual was a suspected cartel member armed with a machete and a handgun. They claim the subject attacked a migrant with his melee weapon, and, fearing for the safety of everyone in the group, the national guardsman fired in the unarmed migrant’s defense. Other cartel members reportedly piled into a car and took off in response to the fired shots.

According to La Verdad, 37-year-old Darwin José García suffered gunshot wounds in his right leg after bullets came from across the border. Paramedics took the man to a nearby hospital, where he was treated and discharged.

The Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR) told El Paso Matters that the man wasn’t a cartel member at all, but rather someone who was “practicing sports” at the wrong place and at the wrong time. The publication claims García wasn’t even trying to cross the border, but a nearby group of migrants had been staging an attempt.

BNHR representatives expressed their outrage over an attack they claim was both unwarranted and illegal. They criticized Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for “unleash[ing] unnecessary chaos” in the region by deploying police and state national guardsmen to protect the borderlands. The governor launched the move, dubbed Operation Lone Star, in 2021 in response to the Biden administration’s refusal to step up to the immigration crisis.

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