A Border Patrol agent has been shot in the Tucson Sector. Breitbart Texas learned of the shooting from sources and Border Patrol officials later confirmed the incident, Breitbart reports.
Tucson Sector Border Patrol officials released the following statement:
TUCSON, Ariz. – A U.S. Border Patrol agent was injured in the early morning hours of Tuesday,June 12, while investigating sensor activity on foot near Ruby Road and Chimney Canyon, south of Arivaca, Arizona.
At approximately 4:30 a.m., the agent called for emergency assistance from his patrol vehicle’s service radio. Initial indications are that the agent was attacked by an unknown number of assailants, one of whom fired several shots at the agent in close proximity. The agent was struck several times and it is believed that he returned fire.
The agent, a 21 year Border Patrol veteran and experienced paramedic, was able to administer self-care and reach his vehicle. Responding agents coordinated his emergency evacuation via air ambulance to a local hospital.
The Border Patrol Tactical unit was immediately deployed by Air and Marine aircraft to the area where they located and arrested multiple subjects illegally present in the United States, though it is unknown if the subjects are connected to this incident at this time. This area is characterized as rural and mountainous, with limited infrastructure and technology.
The FBI is leading the investigation with the assistance of DHS Office of Inspector General, CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office.
If anyone has information believed to be relevant to this incident, please call your local FBI office or report it to tips.fbi.gov
His condition is unknown at this time.
With all the mainstream media covering North Korea and their new found desire for peace, people have forgotten that we still have a massive national security risk at our southern border.
These men and women that work for the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol have to not only deal with the violence and extreme narcotic trafficking as well as smuggling and insane amount of illegal crossings, they also have to deal with the extreme temperatures.
Unseasonably high temperatures, sometimes exceeding more than 100 degrees, has posed increased dangers to people attempting to enter the United States illegally.
“Most people attempting to enter the country illegally are ill-prepared for the rigorous conditions they face,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez. “Extreme heat, treacherous terrain, and human smugglers’ disregard for human life, lead to life-threatening situations.”
Since October 2017 in the Del Rio Sector area, 11 immigrants have lost their lives due to the heat. This is an 83 percent increase compared to the same period last year. Also, agents continue to rescue immigrants in distress, including 22 heat-related incidents this fiscal year.
As part of the Border Safety Initiative, Del Rio Border Patrol Sector has been working with consular officials from Mexico and Central America to warn against the dangers of people crossing illegally into the United States. BSI is a humanitarian, bi-national strategy designed to reduce illegal alien deaths, educate and inform potential illegal aliens of the dangers and hazards of crossing the border illegally, and to respond to those who are in life-threatening situations.
The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which works with federal, state and local partners to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity, please call the Del Rio Sector’s toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.