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CBP Statement on October 22 Big Bend Sector Shooting

Release Date: 
October 23, 2019

At approximately 10:30 p.m. October 22 a U.S. Border Patrol agent assigned to the Sanderson Border Patrol station was involved in a shooting incident subsequent to performing a vehicle stop on Highway 349 north of Dryden, Texas.

During the traffic stop, approximately 10 subjects exited the vehicle and fled. One subject, a 22-year-old male citizen of Guatemala, attacked the agent. The agent discharged his firearm resulting in a non-life threatening injury to the subject. The agent sustained injuries from the encounter. Both the agent and subject were transported by EMS to local medical facilities.


U.S. Customs and Border Protection is supporting the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Texas Department of Public Safety Rangers, and Homeland Security Investigations. Per CBP policy, the agency will also conduct an internal investigation of the incident led by the CBP Office of Professional Responsibility.

Last modified: 
October 23, 2019