HIDALGO, Texas - A 2004 Chevy Cavalier entered the Hidalgo International Bridge shortly before 4 p.m. on Friday, July 15, 2016 at a high rate of speed, attempting to run the port and nearly striking a CBP officer. In response to the immediate threat to the lives of fellow officers and travelers, a CBP officer fired with a service-issued shotgun. A CBP pursuit vehicle followed the Chevy Cavalier, which abruptly made a U-turn and struck the pursuit vehicle head-on. The 22-year-old female U.S. citizen driver of the Cavalier was secured by CBP officers, apprehended by McAllen police officers and transported by paramedics to a local hospital. The extent of injuries of the arrestee remains unknown. No CBP officers were injured. The incident is under investigation by McAllen Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations and CBP Office of Professional Responsibility.
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.