Police: U.S. citizen killed in gun battle with border agents

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A man was killed after opening fire on U.S. officials at the San Ysidro Port of Entry on Monday.

San Diego police officials noted that the suspect was a 23-year-old American man crossing back into the United States from Mexico.

According to a report from NBC San Diego, agents with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol confirmed that the man had been flagged for an inspection at the border, but had failed to stop for authorities. CBP confirmed that the man was driving a white truck and refused to stop for a search.

Police: U.S. citizen killed in gun battle with border agents
(NBC 7 Broadcast)

“The suspect began firing a gun out of his vehicle towards the officers, then exited his vehicle and continued firing at the officers,” the statement from SDPD Homicide read. “The officers returned fire, striking the suspect.” 

Border agents reportedly yelled, “Get down, everybody get down!” Onlookers reported that at least a dozen shots were heard.

A motorist who had just crossed into the United States caught part of the events on cellphone video.

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Police: U.S. citizen killed in gun battle with border agents
(NBC 7 Broadcast)

 

No motive has been released regarding the shooting and the suspect’s name has not yet been released.

CBP officers and San Diego Fire-Rescue personnel reportedly tried to treat the suspect at the scene but he died from his injuries, SDPD homicide investigators said. 

 

A man sitting in traffic waiting to cross said he heard the gunshots.

“We hear ‘pop pop.’ Super gnarly. We are like ‘those were fireworks,’ and my other buddy was like ‘Those were gunshots,'” the man said. “And then we saw all these Border Patrol dudes running and then they were chasing someone.” 

SDPD and the ATF responded to assist in the investigation.

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Police: U.S. citizen killed in gun battle with border agents

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