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Border Patrol Agents Assaulted, Save Lives During Busy Weekend

Release Date: 
September 16, 2013

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M—El Paso Sector U.S. Border Patrol agents came under assault while trying to apprehend eight illegal immigrants in the El Paso area while agents near Truth or Consequences, N.M., rescue a woman from flood waters.

On Sunday, Sept. 15, at approximately 8 p.m., a Border Patrol agent assigned to a Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) Unit observed a group of eight subjects making an illegal entry into the United States near the intersection of Executive Boulevard and Paisano Drive in El Paso. Agents from the Santa Teresa station were the first to respond to the area and were able to locate eight subjects. As the subjects attempted to elude the agents and run back to Mexico some of them turned around and began to throw rocks towards the agents.

In spite of coming under assault, agents were still able to apprehend five of the eight subjects. Some of the Border Patrol vehicles sustained broken windows and body damage but no agents were injured. The agents contacted the Mexican authorities and notified them of the incident, but the three subjects fled further into Mexico before their arrival. The five subjects in custody were processed for removal.

On Friday, Sept. 13, at approximately 1 p.m., Sierra County Emergency Response personnel requested assistance in evacuating a resident in a flooded area near Animas Creek Road in Caballo, N.M.

Three agents from the Truth or Consequences Station were dispatched to the location to render assistance. Upon arrival at the scene, the agents assessed the situation and located an adult female who was trapped in her residence due to high water levels within her home. It was determined that a swift-water rescue needed to be conducted in order to safely remove the female from the continuously rising flood waters.

The Border Patrol agents, who are certified swift-water rescuers, braved the cold and muddy waters to safely rescue the female from the flooded house. The woman received medical attention by Border Patrol emergency medical technicians.

These incidents are a perfect example of the daily dangers that Border Patrol agents face while securing our nation's borders and keeping our communities safe.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021