Border Patrol agents involved in shooting at Las Cruces checkpoint


U.S. Border Patrol El Paso Sector officials say  the shooting suspect is being treated at University Medical Center in El Paso. They were not able to release his condition at this time. The CBP Use of Force Incident Team and the Critical Incident Team are working with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to investigate this incident, according to El Paso Border Patrol.

Agents could not provide details as to why the suspect was sent to secondary inspection, his identity or his immigration status.

We reached out to the FBI for more information but have not gotten a response at this time.

El Paso Border Patrol Supervisor Joe Romero says this is a rare occurrence and their checkpoints are usually a very safe and secure location. He says for all law enforcement they never really know what they will encounter when approaching a stopped vehicle.


Multiple law enforcement agencies are investigating a shooting at an immigration checkpoint near Las Cruces.

According to a spokesperson with Customs and Border Protection, the shooting happened around 6 p.m. on Sunday at the U.S. Border Patrol Las Cruces Immigration Checkpoint on I-25.

According to the spokesperson, a man was being questioned at the second inspection when he pulled out a handgun and fired one shot through the car in the direction of the agents.

Agents fired back at the driver while immediately securing the scene and providing first aid.

The man was air lifted to a local hospital but authorities did not say what his condition was.

The incident is being investigated by CBP's Office of Professional Responsibility, the FBI and New Mexico State authorities.

No other information is available at this time.

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