On August 20, 2020, at approximately 7:20 p.m. PST, U.S. Border Patrol agents reported a vehicle pursuit and agent involved shooting after a vehicle fled from the FR15 checkpoint near Casa Grande, AZ.
Based on available information, and noting the investigation is ongoing, the pursuit ended when the vehicle turned onto a dirt road and struck a power pole. After the vehicle struck the power pole, shots were fired from the vehicle at agents who returned fire, striking the driver. Agents immediately administered first aid after securing the injured driver and two uninjured illegal alien passengers in the subject’s vehicle. The driver was transported by EMS to the Chandler Regional Medical Center and later released into federal custody. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Professional Responsibility is investigating the incident in coordination with the Casa Grande Police Department, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI is the lead investigative agency for this incident.
This event is a stark reminder of the dangers our men and women in uniform confront every day in the protection of our community and this country.
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.