TUCSON, Ariz. –Tucson Sector Border Patrol Agent involved in shooting after struggle, suspect currently in stable condition.
On Monday, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents tracked a vehicle suspected of being involved in cross-border narcotics trafficking southeast of Rodeo, New Mexico. Agents subsequently encountered a truck, stuck in mud, with approximately 2,340 pounds of marijuana.
Two suspects in the vehicle fled into the surrounding mountainous terrain near the New Mexico state line, east of Apache, Arizona. Agents immediately gave chase and one agent caught up to one of the suspects. The agent attempted to arrest the suspect and a struggle ensued. Preliminary reports indicate that the suspect assaulted the agent during the struggle.
At approximately 10:45 a. m. (MST), the agent fired his service-issued firearm, striking the suspect. Agents immediately contacted emergency medical personnel who responded and treated the suspect on-scene. EMS transported the suspect to a Tucson hospital via life-flight ambulance. The suspect’s condition is listed as stable and he remains in federal custody. EMS treated the agent for minor injuries.
After a brief search, border patrol agents arrested a second suspect without incident.
U.S. Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector coordinated the emergency response with federal, state, and local agencies in both Arizona and New Mexico. CBP, FBI, and ICE Homeland Security Investigations, are investigating the incident.
In accordance with CBP policy, the agent is on administrative leave.
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.