Border agent fatally shoots woman after alleged vehicular assault

CHULA VISTA (CNS) – A woman rammed a plainclothes U.S. Border Patrol
agent with a car Friday on a residential South Bay road, hurling him onto the
hood of the vehicle and prompting him to fatally shoot her through the
windshield in self-defense, authorities reported.

The lawman was in southwestern Chula Vista with other undercover
personnel to serve a felony arrest warrant when the dark-green Honda Accord
struck him in the 600 block of Moss Street about 1 p.m., according to police
and federal officials.

“The agent … was hit by the vehicle and carried several hundred yards
on the hood before, fearing for his life, (he) did discharge his weapon to
get the vehicle to stop,” Border Patrol Deputy Chief Rodney Scott told
reporters.

Area residents described hearing six to eight shots ring out. The woman,
whose name was not immediately available, died at the scene.

Medics took the agent to a hospital. Scott said he did not know the
extent of his injuries. “But he was impacted by a vehicle pretty hard,” the
spokesman added.

The woman was not the subject of the warrant, Scott told news crews.
That suspect remained at large in the late afternoon, he said.

Area resident Hector Salazar said he was reading his
mail in his home when the deadly shooting occurred a short distance away.

“I just saw an agent with a gun walking toward the car and yelling,”
he said. “But the person inside didn't respond.”

The Chula Vista Police Department was investigating the case in
conjunction with the Border Patrol and U.S. Inspector General's Office, CVPD
Lt. Lon Turner said.

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