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Assault on Border Patrol Agent Results in Shooting Death

June 10, 2016

SOMERTON, Arizona – On Friday, June 10, a Yuma Sector Border Patrol agent discharged his service-issued weapon while being assaulted by an adult male who crossed illegally into the United States near Somerton, Arizona, last night at approximately 10:00 p.m. “During the arrest, the subject grabbed the agent’s radio and collapsible steel baton and began striking him in the face and head while he also attempted to remove the Agent’s sidearm from its holster. The agent, fearing for his life, discharged his weapon, which struck the suspect.

Both the agent and suspect were transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center via ambulance, where medical professionals were unable to resuscitate the suspect and he was pronounced dead.

The agent sustained multiple bruises and lacerations to his head, face and torso, one of which required stitches to close the wound. He was also diagnosed with a concussion.

In accordance with CBP Policy, the agent has been placed on administrative leave.

Customs and Border Protection’s Use of Force Incident Team, the lead investigative agency, was assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in processing the scene. The U.S. Border Patrol is fully cooperating with this investigation.”

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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