Tucson, Ariz. - A Nogales Station Border Patrol agent was conducting a traffic stop on a vehicle yesterday suspected of trafficking narcotics when the situation suddenly escalated into a potentially deadly situation.
The agent initiated the vehicle stop near the intersection of Western Ave. and Kitchen St. in Nogales, but instead of stopping, the vehicle accelerated. The agent followed at a safe distance and observed the sole occupant jump from the moving vehicle and run into a nearby park. The vehicle rolled into a fence and came to a stop. As the agent chased the subject on foot, the subject turned and advanced on the agent while reaching under his shirt. When the subject failed to comply with the agent's verbal commands to stop and get on the ground, the agent used a service-issued electronic control device, also known as a Taser, to immediately defuse the situation. After securing the subject, the agent found a holstered knife beneath the subject's shirt.
The subject was medically assessed by a Border Patrol emergency medical technician and declined further medical care. The subject, vehicle and approximately 243 pounds of marijuana found in the subject's vehicle were transported to the Nogales Station for further processing. The subject is being held for federal prosecution.
The Tucson Sector Border Patrol continues to effectively patrol the border making it more and more difficult for narcotics smuggling organizations to operate in the United States. The flipside to this success has resulted in smugglers increasing the level of violence directed toward agents. Border Patrol agents are trained to deescalate threatening actions by appropriately assessing threat levels and responding accordingly. Subjects choosing to assault federal agents will face federal prosecution.
Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control, and protection of our Nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws