TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents were assaulted during separate incidents just hours apart last week.
Agents assigned to the Special Operations Detachment, working in a remote area west of Tucson late Sept. 28, encountered two Mexican nationals armed with rifles. While attempting to arrest the individuals, one subject ran. When an agent caught up with the subject, an altercation ensued and a second agent had to assist in subduing the subject. One agent suffered a dislocated shoulder during the altercation. Agents also seized four weapons during the encounter.
A few hours later, on Sept. 29, Douglas Border Patrol Station agents encountered two Mexican nationals illegally present in the U.S. As agents were arresting the subjects, one refused to comply and punched an agent in the throat and torso before being subdued.
The individuals carrying firearms were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations and face prosecution.
The individuals arrested by Douglas agents will also face prosecution.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection 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.