On June 26, a team of agents from the U.S. Border Patrol’s Tactical Team (BORTAC) Special Operations Group were deployed in support of New York State Police’s (NYSP) manhunt for two escaped fugitives. Responding to a resident’s report of gunshots near Malone, New York, U.S. Customs and Border Protection air interdiction agents flew the BORTAC team via two A-Star helicopters to conduct a search of the area.
At approximately 3:45 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, agents began searching a wooded area. One of the agents came up on an individual who was lying down behind a fallen tree. Agents verbally ordered the individual to put his hands up. An agent observed the individual fail to comply with the verbal commands and aim what was determined to be a 20-gauge shotgun at him. The agent discharged his service-issued M-4, striking the individual, who died at the scene.
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.