Gunmen working for an undetermined drug cartel in a known drug smuggling corridor near the Brian A. Terry border patrol station around Bisbee, Arizona fired several shots at an on-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent December 30.
Breitbart Texas reports that the shots struck the agent’s vehicle but the officer was not hit by the gunfire.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials:
An agent assigned to a mobile surveillance unit near Hereford Road heard several shots fired and observed two unknown individuals with a rifle at a distance. An unoccupied Border Patrol vehicle next to the surveillance unit was struck by bullets. The agent was not injured and did not return fire.
Multiple Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents and law enforcement responded to the area in an effort to locate the suspects. The suspects fled the area on foot and have not been located.
The shooters were not apprehended but local officials in Arizona are investigating.
The Brian A. Terry station honors a U.S. Border Patrol agent killed in a gun battle with Mexican cartel gunmen.
As Breitbart reports:
Border Patrol agents are the most assaulted federal law enforcement officers, Border Patrol Commissioner Mark Morgan aid in testimony before the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee in November. Nearly 150 Border Patrol agents were assaulted during the first two months of fiscal year 2017 which began in October, Breitbart Texas reported. This represents an increase of more than 230 percent over the same period of time in the prior year. Nearly 7,500 Border Patrol agents have been assaulted since 2009 tU.S. Customs and Border Protection officials reported. “It’s a dangerous job,” Morgan stated.
But enhanced border security efforts may be on the way.
President Barack Obama, who has been falsely claiming for years that the border is secure, will be replaced by President-elect Donald Trump at 12 Noon on January 20. Trump has promised to secure the border.