(Breitbart) – A suspect shot a U.S. Border Patrol agent during an attempted vehicle stop near the Texas border on Friday night. Another agent returned fire striking and killing the shooting suspect. The agent is expected to survive the attack.
A Brakettville Border Patrol agent attempted to stop a vehicle on Friday night at about 8 p.m., according to information obtained from Del Rio Sector Border Patrol officials. One of the occupants of the vehicle fired a weapon at the agents, striking one agent.
The second agent returned fire, striking the subject. As other agents quickly arrived, they secured the scene and began to provide emergency medical assistance to the wounded agent and the subject. Agents placed the second subject under arrest.
EMS arrived on the scene and transported the wounded agent to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A Texas justice of the peace declared the shooting suspect to be dead at the scene.
Breitbart Texas reached out to Del Rio Sector Border Patrol officials for additional information about the shooter and his or her possible motivation.
At this time, officials have not released information about the purpose of the vehicle stop by the agents, how many shots were fired by the suspect and the agent returning fire, what type of firearm the suspect used, if drug or human smuggling is involved, or the nationality/immigration status of the shooter and the other vehicle occupant.
Del Rio Sector Border Patrol officials told Breitbart Texas that more information will be coming shortly.
Investigators with the FBI, Texas Rangers, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Professional Responsibility will conduct an investigation into the shooting.
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