Thursday, March 21, 2013

Near Larado Texas: Border Patrol agent shot, one man dead in confrontation

A U.S. Border Patrol agent shot and killed a suspected wanted man in southern Jim Hogg County, federal officials said Thursday during a press conference held at Laredo Sector headquarters.
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Chief Robert L. Harris of Border Patrol updates media Thursday afternoon about a confrontation between agents and a suspect in the early morning hours Thursday. (Photo by Danny Zaragoza/Laredo Morning Times)
Robert L. Harris, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commander, South Texas, said the identities on the agents who used deadly force and the gunned down suspect were not going to be released “at this time.”

At 1:45 a.m. Thursday in a remote location south of Hebbronville by FM Road 649 and Chihuahua Road, agents encountered what hey thought was a disabled or stranded 2010 Honda vehicle. Agents stopped to render assistance to a lone white Caucasian male. Federal officials said it appears the vehicle had struck a deer before pulling over to the side of the road. A registration check on the vehicle returned stolen, Harris said.

“While (attempting) to take the subject into custody, a struggle ensued, the individual drew a weapon and fired rounds at our Border Patrol agents,” Harris said. “Our agents returned fire and disabled the subject. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.”
UPDATE: A U.S. Border Patrol-involved shooting near Hebbronville left
one agent injured and a man dead.

Early Thursday, a Border Patrol agent investigating a suspicious
vehicle on FM 649 and Chihuahua Road was shot during a confrontation
with the driver, a U.S. Border Patrol statement reads.

"While the agents conducted their interview of the driver, he became
combative, drew a weapon and fired at and struck one of the Border
Patrol agents," the statement reads. "Another Border Patrol agent
discharged his firearm and disabled the suspect.

The injured agent was air lifted to a medical facility and the
suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. Initial information
indicates that the suspect was driving a stolen vehicle and he is a
suspect in an armed robbery and carjacking in Waco."

UPDATE: The shooting happened early today near Hebbronville, located
about 60 miles east of Laredo. Border Patrol will hold a press
conference at 3:30 p.m. to discuss the incident.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A local Border Patrol agent has been shot, according to the Laredo
Sector Border Patrol.

Information about the shooting was not made immediately available.
The agency said it will release details later this afternoon.

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