El Paso agents search Rio Grande following deadly Juárez police ambush

El Paso agents search Rio Grande following deadly Juárez police ambush

POSTED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 2:08pm

UPDATED: Friday, July 25, 2014 - 1:15pm

Two Juárez policemen and a young girl were shot on Wednesday afternoon, which prompted an armed U.S. response on the El Paso side of the border.

Mexican investigators said the officers were ambushed at around 1:30 p.m. along Avenida Juárez, also known as the "Juárez Strip," just south of the Paso Del Norte Bridge.

One of the officers was killed according to Mexican authorities. The girl, a bystander, and the surviving officer were hospitalized, officials told NewsChannel 9.

Investigators believe the shooting suspects, riding in a black Honda, then headed to the Rio Grande to discard the weapon.

U.S. Border Patrol and heavily armed agents with the Department of Homeland Security responded to the river to help in the search for the weapon.

"The riverbed is dry," said U.S. Border Patrol Spokesman Joe Romero. "There's a lot of brush and so there's a lot of areas where something could potentially be hidden."

No weapon was found on the U.S. side according to the spokesman, but the Border Patrol did detain three Mexican agents after the agents crossed onto the U.S. of the river during the investigation.

The Mexican agents were still in U.S. custody as of Wednesday evening.

There were media reports that Border Patrol agents also detained two of the suspects in the shooting. An agency spokesman told NewsChannel 9 those reports were untrue.

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