PROGRESO, Texas– On December 29, at approximately 12:30 a.m., a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol agent was involved in a use-of-force incident east of the Progreso Port of Entry in Progreso, Texas. The agent was responding to a report of multiple subjects illegally crossing the border. An incident occurred while the agent was attempting to apprehend two subjects and the agent discharged his weapon. The suspect, an adult male Mexican national illegally present in the United States, sustained a gunshot wound and was transported to an area hospital where he was treated and released into DHS custody for processing and further investigation. The agent was not injured. The incident is currently under review by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Office of Professional Responsibility. The DHS Office of Inspector General responded to the scene and is evaluating the matter.
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.