Border Patrol agent fires shot across international border

Border Patrol agent fires shot across international border

NACO, Ariz. (AP) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) say a Border Patrol agent fired his weapon across the international border near Naco after seeing someone in Mexico allegedly pointing a weapon at him.

CBP officials say the unidentified agent was making an arrest on the U.S. side of the border around 6:25 a.m. Monday when he saw a person he believed was pointing a gun at him from the Mexico side.

They say the agent feared for his life and fired in the direction of the person. It’s still unknown if anybody was hit on the Mexican side of the border.

Mexican authorities responded to the scene and CBP sent a Use of Force Incident Team.

CBP also has notified the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General about the incident.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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