SAN DIEGO – On Wednesday, Dec. 24, at approximately 6:45 p.m. PST, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro Port of entry in San Diego, California, responded to and restrained a combative individual who was assaulting two CBP officers. After numerous attempts to restrain the assailant who continued to resist, an officer used his service issued electronic control device, and gained physical control.
Several minutes later, the individual became unresponsive and a CBP Medical First Responder administered emergency medical aid. Emergency medical technicians arrived shortly after, continued emergency medical procedures and transported the individual to a local hospital, where a medical physician pronounced the individual deceased.
CBP officers first encountered the male U.S. citizen when he applied for entry into the U.S. around 3 p.m. PST at the San Ysidro Port of Entry's pedestrian processing station. After records checks revealed that the individual should be considered armed and dangerous, CBP officers escorted him to the security office. There, officers conducted a pat down, seized heroin, and reviewed law enforcement records to confirm criminal history and a warrant for his arrest. After being seated in front of the security desk for further processing, the individual jumped over the desk and attacked two officers who were confirming the individual's criminal history.
Four officers involved were transported to a local hospital to be screened and treated for minor injuries.
The San Diego Police Department, CBP's Office of Internal Affairs and the DHS Office of Inspector General are investigating.
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.