TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers and a U.S. Border Patrol agent were involved in a shooting Thursday at the Port of Nogales’ Mariposa Crossing.
Border Patrol agents investigating smuggling activities west of the port became suspicious of a Dodge pickup truck and attempted to follow the vehicle before it sped away toward the port.
Agents upon arrival at the port, saw the truck stopped in traffic bound for Mexico. When the truck’s driver saw officers approaching him on foot, he accelerated toward them. The officers then drew their weapons and fired.
The driver, a 26-year-old male Mexican national, sustained multiple gunshot wounds but is in stable condition at Banner University Medical Center. A 16-year-old male passenger sustained non-life-threatening injuries and is currently in Border Patrol custody pending further disposition. No officers or agents were injured.
The Port of Nogales, Mariposa Crossing has returned to normal operating conditions.
The FBI, CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations are jointly investigating the incident. The U.S. Border Patrol and Office of Field Operations are cooperating with this investigation.
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.