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Use of Force incident in Rio Grande Valley Sector

Release Date: 
January 12, 2016

On Monday, at 3:58 p.m., two U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station, on patrol near Fronton, Texas, observed four subjects attempt to cross to the U.S. side of the Rio Grande on a raft. One agent observed one of the subjects return to the Mexican riverbank. While attempting to get a better view of the situation, the agent heard a firearm discharge from across the Rio. The agent sought cover and heard additional shots fired. The agent then returned fire with his government-issued firearm. The second agent moved to join the first agent, and both moved to a safer location. The agents were not injured as a result of the incident. Rio Grande Valley Sector officials notified U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Internal Affairs, the Starr County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI and counterparts in Mexico. RGV Sector has received no reports of injuries from individuals in Mexico. CBP and the Starr County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the incident.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017