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Border patrol agent shoots suspect after he was attacked

December 19, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border patrol agent shoots suspect after he was attacked

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A U.S. Border Patrol agent shot an alleged attacker after the officer was attacked near the Arizona-Mexico border.

At approximately 8 pm on Friday, the officer was dispatched to an area where two suspected illegals had crossed from Mexico. When he arrived, the agent encountered two men, Breitbart Texas reported.

As the Border Patrol agent tried to arrest one of the men, a conflict transpired. The man got control of the victim’s collapsible steel baton. The official then drew his duty assigned weapon and opened fire – hitting the suspect one time in his left thigh.

The second man fled but was apprehended later that evening.

The injured suspect was brought to a hospital in Tucson where he was treated for a “non-life-threatening” injury.

The agent, who was not hurt during the attack, has been placed on administrative leave as an investigation is launched into the incident, which is standard protocol for an agent-involved shooting.

Officials are conducting a joint probe with the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, the CBP Office of Professional Responsibility, and the FBI.

U.S. Border Patrol agents are “the most assaulted federal law enforcement (personnel) in the U.S.,” recently-appointed Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan told senators during a hearing before the Senate Homeland Security Committee back in November.

Assaults against Border Patrol agents increased by 20% during the 2016 fiscal year, “… and year-to-date, we’re seeing an increase of assaults of 200% from the previous year-to-date,” Morgan asserted. “It’s a dangerous job.”

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