LORDSBURG, N.M. – Last night, Friday October 2, 2020, at approximately 9:50 p.m., a U.S. Border Patrol agent assigned to the Lordsburg Station encountered a vehicle involved in human smuggling. The agent attempted a vehicle stop along Highway 80 and the driver of the vehicle failed to yield, assaulting the agent with the vehicle. The agent reportedly discharged his service-issued weapon at the driver to stop the threat. The driver absconded in the vehicle and is currently at large. U.S. Border Patrol is working with local authorities to locate the fleeing suspect. No reported injuries were sustained to our Border Patrol agent. Additional information will be provided 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 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.