On Wednesday, January 21, at approximately 1 a.m. local time, U.S. Border Patrol agents from Rio Grande City Station responded to drug smuggling activity near Chapeño, Texas, just west of Roma. Around 1:45 a.m., as agents secured the narcotics load, one agent searching the area for smugglers came under fire. The agent returned fire, striking one subject. The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General, CBP’s Office of Internal Affairs, the FBI, Texas Rangers and Starr County Sheriff’s Office are investigating. U.S. Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector is cooperating with the investigations.
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.