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2010-10-07 / General Stories

Law Enforcement Agencies Urging Texans to Stay on U.S. Side of Falcon Lake

Following the suspected murder of a U.S. resident on Falcon Lake, Texas law enforcement agencies are telling boaters on Falcon Lake to stay on the U.S. side of the lake. DPS issued the same advisory in May.

A 30-year-old man was believed killed Thursday afternoon while he and his wife were jet-skiing on the Mexican side of Falcon Lake, near the Old Guerrero area. Two boatloads of armed men began shooting at the man and his wife, striking the man in the head. The men continued shooting at his wife when she entered U.S. waters. She managed to escape and return to shore on the U.S. side.

The Zapata County Sheriff’s Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department are telling boaters on Falcon Lake to stay on the United States side of the lake and not venture into Mexican waters.

The Texas Rangers are assisting the Zapata County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation. TPWD Game Wardens and DPS officers, including Texas Rangers, have been at Falcon Lake since Thursday assisting the Zapata County Sheriff. TPWD has two 21-foot boats on the water today with at least six Game Wardens. DPS has deployed its SWAT team, one of its helicopters and its river boat. Additional DPS and TPWD resources are on standby.

Since April 30, at least four incidents have been reported to law enforcement agencies after U.S. residents ventured into Mexican waterson Lake Falcon, including near the Old Guerrero area. Three of the incidents involved people who had gone into the Mexican side of the lake, passing the International Waters markers.

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