Investigation Continues in Border Agent Shooting of Smuggler

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Friday, January 11, 2013 - 9:44am

A Border Patrol agent shot and injured a suspected smuggler when the agent was patrolling near the Rio Grande City port of entry along the Rio Grande river on Wednesday evening. Border Patrol spokesperson Henry Mendiola reports that the smugglers vehicle had three undocumented immigrants and when the smuggler saw the Border agent approaching the vehicle the smuggler attempted to run over the agent and fearing for his life the agent fired his weapon injuring the smuggler in the arm, "This type of aggressive behavior towards our agents is not going to be tolerated. If an agent fears for his life, we will neutralized that threat the best way he see's possible, in this case, the agent utilized his service issued weapon."

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