U.S. agent involved in shooting at U.S. – Mexico border
SAN YSIDRO (KUSI) – U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents were involved in a shooting tonight at the San Ysidro Port of Entry involving a vehicle trying to “pass without permission,” but it was unclear if anyone was hit.
The shooting occurred in a secondary vehicle inspection area about 8 p.m., according to the San Diego Police Department, which was assisting CBP agents with the incident.
An official with the union which represents CBP officers said, “all officers involved are safe and uninjured.”
Witnesses said the shooting occurred west of the northbound lanes that lead into the United States. One witness said he heard 15 to 20 shots fired, the Union-Tribune reported.
Tijuana’s public safety secretary, Marco Sotomayor, tweeted at 8:02 p.m. that CBP agents had shut down all entry lanes from Tijuana into the United States, then tweeted about 20 minutes later that all lanes had reopened.
The director of Tijuana’s municipal police, Mario Martinez, said his officers rushed toward the shooting scene before learning it had happened in United States territory. He said CBP officers tried to stop a vehicle from trying to “pass without permission,” but it was unclear which way the vehicle was headed.
Customs and Border Protection officials have not commented on the shooting.