Just before the expiration of Title 42, an outburst of heavy gunfire was reported at the Texas-Mexico border.

At 3 p.m. on May 10, a day before illegal aliens will be allowed to flood into the U.S. without proper processing, heavy gunfire was reported at the Texas-Mexico border on the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge.

As soon as the first shots were heard, video footage revealed several individuals running for cover, hiding behind or in vehicles.

Meanwhile, armored vehicles zoomed alongside the border in Mexico as the gunfire grew heavier.

Reports suggest the shootout began after local authorities arrested “La Pawa,” the regional leader of Los Zetas, one of the most dangerous Mexican drug cartels.

Those involved in the shootout were several Mexican criminals (likely members of Los Zetas), local law enforcement officers, and U.S. Border Patrol officers.

Officials confirmed a total of four people were killed in the shootout, at least three of which were allegedly criminals, and several more were injured.

Following the shootout, five criminals involved fled the scene and several weapons were seized by local authorities, including five long weapons, three vehicles with handmade armor, additional weapons and cartridges, and tactical equipment.

Title 42, a “Trump-era” public health order, allowed customs officials to send illegal aliens from “COVID-19 impacted” areas back across the border without processing them through the federal court system. The order expires at 11:59 p.m. on May 11, 2023.

Many more reports of thousands of migrants approaching the border are flooding in as the result of President Joe Biden’s border crisis.

While the Texas House passed a package of border security measures, the single most effective bill was “point-of-ordered” and killed. These measures now face an uncertain future in the Texas Senate.

To learn more about the crisis on the border, you can listen to Texas Scorecard’s recently premiered Exposed: Border Invasion.

Soli Rice

A journalist for Texas Scorecard, Soli is a new Texan with a passion for politics. She's excited to hone her writing skills and help spread truth to Texans.