Border Patrol Agent Allegedly Beats Wife And Then Kills Himself

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A U.S. Border Patrol agent died in Maricopa, Ariz., Monday night after allegedly beating his wife and then killing himself.

Border Patrol Agent Jeremy Russo, 40, reportedly spent the final moments of his life in a violent altercation with his wife, which prompted his 10-year-old daughter to call 911 for help. When authorities arrived at Russo’s home in the El Dorado Lakes neighborhood, Russo shot at them and a Maricopa Police Department officer returned fire.

To get into Russo’s home, authorities had to call in a SWAT team, which blew up Russo’s front door and sent a robot into the house. The robot found Russo dead inside a closet; thankfully, his wife and daughter managed to leave the home.

“Before we went to bed we heard shooting,” neighbor Bonnie Kevicki told NBC 12 News. Russo was reportedly armed with an AR-15 rifle.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said in a statement that Russo killed himself. Despite CBP’s take on the matter, the Maricopa Police Department is refusing to say whether its agent killed himself or was shot by a police officer in self-defense.

Russo joined CBP in 2011 and bought the home he died in back in 2013. Maricopa police had not previously dealt with Russo regarding any sort of domestic violence matters.

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