U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials in California shot and arrested a man who was accused of throwing a rock at an agent before stealing his ATV on Sunday.
Agents were patrolling on “open all-terrain vehicles in an area known as Spooner’s Mesa near Imperial Beach, California where they were assaulted by an unidentified individual” early Sunday morning, according to a CBP press release.
The suspect allegedly threw a rock to knock the CBP agent off his ATV, then attempted to escape by stealing the vehicle, according to NBC 7 San Diego.
CBP chased the suspect, who is believed to be 19 years old, until he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a fence. (RELATED: Illegal Immigrant Pelts Border Patrol Agents With Rocks As They Give Medical Aid To Pregnant Woman)
At least two CBP agents shot the suspect during the chase, although no one was seriously injured, Fox 5 reported.
The suspect was taken to the hospital by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and was believed to sustain non-life threatening injuries. The incident is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the San Diego Police Department.
“Locally, in San Diego we have had 44 assaults on our agents this fiscal year,” CBP spokesman Ralph Desio told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “In FY 2017 we had 83 and FY16 we had 52. Our high point was FY2008 when we had 377 assaults on our agents in San Diego.”
CBP has not released the nationality of the suspect.
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