On Wednesday, Oct. 21, at about 12 a.m. local time, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer on duty at one of the vehicle primary lanes at the Calexico West Port of Entry in California was approached by an individual on a bike. The individual got off the bike with a knife in his hand and approached the officer. The officer discharged his service issued weapon, striking the individual. Officers immediately administered first aid until emergency medical services (EMS) arrived. EMS transported the individual to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The officer involved was not injured. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General, the Calexico Police Department and CBP are investigating the incident. CBP will provide more information as it becomes available.
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.