An unidentified man died Friday after being shot by a Border Patrol agent in Hidalgo, Texas, after he intervened to detain a group of people who had illegally crossed the border, according to authorities.
The Office of Customs and Border Protection (CBP, for its acronym in English) assured that the agent was involved in an event that required “the use of force”. The shooting occurred shortly after 7:30 am on Friday, CBP reported.
The officer involved, not identified by the authorities, received a report that several people had crossed the border without permission to do so and went to the place where they were to arrest them.
When trying to arrest a man (CBP does not specify in its statement if he was in the group mentioned above), the agent drew a weapon and fired. This person was hit by bullets and died just over an hour later in a hospital, according to a statement from the border agency.
The identity of the deceased has not been released Until now. CBP assured that agents present at the scene of the shooting intervened “immediately” to help him. The author of the shots was not injured.
Local media claim that the deceased had tried to enter the country illegally. The MyRGV News website reports, citing a Border Patrol source, that it was a Cuban, who grabbed a stone and tried to hit the agent with it, who then shot him.
According to the same source, the man ignored the warnings of the agents to leave the stone.
CBP, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI are investigating what happened.