Border Patrol Agents, Maverick County Sheriff’s Office Subdue Mentally Unstable Subject
DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents and Maverick County Sheriff’s deputies, working in conjunction, apprehended a man who had barricaded himself in a trailer housing high-powered weapons.
On April 4, at around 2:30 p.m., Maverick County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a rancher near Quemado who reported a man had illegally entered onto the property and forced his way into a trailer. Stored within the trailer were multiple firearms including two high-powered rifles and a 12-gauge shotgun. The caller also reported hearing a gunshot. Sheriff’s deputies reached out to Border Patrol for assistance and within a short time a perimeter, comprised of armed Border Patrol agents from the Eagle Pass North Station and Maverick County Sheriff’s deputies, was established around the structure.
Agents ordered the man to exit the trailer but were unsuccessful. At this time, the intruder was positively identified as a 29-year-old, Eagle Pass man with possible bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia. He had been previously arrested for arson, terroristic threats, assault causing bodily injury, and attempting to take a weapon from an officer. Maverick County Sheriff’s Office mobilized their SWAT units. Despite repeated attempts by a negotiator, the man was unwilling to come out peacefully.
Maverick County Sheriff’s Office SWAT and Border Patrol Tactical units (BORTAC) eventually deployed a tear gas agent, forcing the man to exit and surrender without further incident.
Six firearms were accounted for and returned to the property owner. The subject was arrested by Maverick County Sheriff’s Office and is awaiting charges.
“Border Patrol is committed to utilizing innovative, sophisticated, and up-to-date tactics to resolve situations in the most peaceful manner possible,” stated Acting Chief Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak. “I commend the hard work of these agents and Maverick County Sheriff’s deputies for their vigilance in this arrest.”
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.