300 rounds exchanged during Texas border shootout

June 10, 2011 - 6:57 PM

WESLACO, Texas (AP) — Investigators say about 300 rounds were fired during a shootout across the Rio Grande between U.S. law enforcement and suspected drug runners.

But they say only about six came from the suspects.

Asked about the overwhelming response, U.S. authorities said Friday they have a "zero tolerance" policy when guns are pointed at them.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says it believes three suspects in Mexico were injured or killed in the shootout Thursday.

The shootout started when the U.S. agents spotted a Dodge Durango on U.S. soil. By the time they reached the scene, the suspected smugglers had moved marijuana from the vehicle onto rafts and returned to Mexico. They fired guns and threw rocks at U.S. authorities.

Mexican authorities recovered about 400 pounds of marijuana at the site.