The San Diego Police Department has taken over the investigation of an overnight shooting death, in which a Border Patrol Agent is reported to have shot and killed a Mexican National. The illegal alien allegedly crossed the international border fence 1.5 miles east of the San Ysidro port of entry.
Border Patrol Agents reported that the agent on the scene encountered three illegal border crossers. Once the agent, who has not been identified, proceeded to question the suspects, the men fled and threw several large rocks.
The Border Patrol Agent immediately called for back-up, according to the San Diego Police Department. Once the second agent arrived, police say two suspected illegal aliens fled back into Mexico, and a third threw rocks and a large piece of wood with exposed nails.
A struggle ensued during the apprehension of the third assailant, and the BP Agents were pelted with rocks and wood, according to SDPD homicide Lt. Ernie Herbert.
The Border Patrol Agent, who was first at the scene, fired his gun, reportedly killing an illegal border crosser after the agents were under attack. The suspect fell onto the Mexican side of the border where officials say he succumbed to his injuries.
The injured agent was treated for his injures and later released.
Herbert said one suspect was arrested, but his name has not been released.