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Yuma Sector Border Patrol Agents involved in shooting
September 15, 2017
QUARTZSITE, Arizona – Early on Thursday, September 14, United States Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector were involved in a shooting incident on Interstate 10 and in the 1300 block of Main Street in Quartzsite, Arizona. The agents responded to a call for assistance from the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department in an attempt to locate a suspect and vehicle involved in an officer-involved shooting with the Department of Public Safety on Interstate 10 at milepost 57.
Border Patrol agents located the sedan on I-10, near milepost 17, and attempted to stop the vehicle but the suspect failed to yield. Agents pursued the suspect to milepost 11 where the suspect stopped and fired at agents. Agents returned fire at the suspect as he fled on foot to a nearby commercial truck he commandeered to flee the scene.
Agents, along with the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department, pursued the truck until the suspect eventually stopped in the 1300 block of Main Street in Quartzsite. The suspect, fired at law enforcement and was subsequently shot at by agents and pursuing agencies, where he sustained serious injuries.
The suspect was transported via ground ambulance to an area hospital but later succumbed to his injuries.
None of the agents, other law enforcement, nor bystanders were injured during this event.
Acting Chief Patrol Agent Carl Landrum said, “Every day our Agents stand ready to protect the people of Arizona, while providing national security for our Nation. I would like to commend the actions of all law enforcement personnel involved, who relied on their training, vigilance, and commitment to Service of this Nation in defense of themselves, their law enforcement partners and all members of our communities.”
The FBI, CBP's Office of Professional Responsibility, the Department of Public Safety and the La Paz County Sheriff's Department are involved in the ongoing investigation. For further information, please contact the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
All persons, drugs and vehicles are processed per Yuma Sector guidelines. Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt.
Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents effectively combat smuggling organizations attempting to illegally transport people and contraband through southwestern Arizona and California. Citizens can help the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers can remain anonymous.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP strives to keep terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.
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