TUCSON, Ariz. – On Thursday, November 14, 2019, a Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent discharged his service-issued firearm in an incident near Lukeville, Arizona.
At approximately 7:15 p.m., a Border Patrol agent responded to a single subject suspected of crossing the border illegally just east of Lukeville, Arizona. As the agent attempted to arrest the subject, a physical altercation ensued, and the agent discharged his firearm, striking the subject. The subject, a citizen of Russia, was transported via helicopter to a Phoenix area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The subject remains in the hospital at this time. The responding Border Patrol agent was not seriously injured in the encounter. The FBI and the CBP Use of Force Incident Team are currently investigating the incident. No other information is available at this time.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.