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El Paso Sheriff’s Office: U.S. Border Patrol agent involved in fatal shooting was attacked

February 23, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
El Paso Sheriff’s Office: U.S. Border Patrol agent involved in fatal shooting was attacked

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An off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent was reportedly being attacked when he fatally shot a man in Socorro in January, according to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials with the Sheriff’s department said that the fatal-shooting case will be transferred to the El Paso District Attorney’s Office to ascertain if criminal charges will be pursued.

U.S. Border Patrol Agent Luis Chavez shot and killed Juan Daniel Jacques on January 14th.

The two men reportedly grew up together and had been childhood friends, according to The El Paso Times.

A probe conducted by sheriff’s investigators discovered that Chavez was “attacked” by Jacques and was “struck multiple times by a metal object,” sheriff’s spokesperson Chris Acosta said on Tuesday.

“Agent Chavez fired his weapon at Jacques who died of gunshot wounds,” Acosta continued.

Socorro officers discovered the 33-year-old man shot to death when police officers were dispatched to a call of an aggravated assault taking place at roughly 4 a.m. on January 14th.

Authorities had previously indicated that investigators were looking into the possibility of self-defense in the incident, which officials said was not connected to Chavez’s position as a federal agent.

Chavez has not been charged with any crimes.

An El Paso District Attorney’s Office spokesperson said that the case is being evaluated and it will go be presented to a grand jury to determine if charges will be filed.

Jacques’ relatives told KINT that they seek justice for a family man who went by the nickname “Hershey.”

“He was a human…. not a dog,” Jacques’ stepfather Allison Gotay said. “He was a family man. A man that left five children without a father, who deserve to have peace, to have justice.”

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