U.S. Border Patrol Agent Shoots Dead Undocumented Immigrant in Texas

A U.S. Border Patrol Agent fatally shot a female undocumented immigrant in Texas Wednesday after he was attacked by a group of people, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has said. HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP/Getty

A U.S. Border Patrol agent shot and killed an undocumented immigrant in Texas on Wednesday after the agent was allegedly attacked by a group of people, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has said.

The Border Patrol told the Los Angeles Times ​that the person fatally shot was a woman, while local activists claimed she was around 16 to 24-years-old.

The Laredo Sector Border Patrol said in a statement that the border patrol agent, who has yet to be identified, responded to a "report of illegal activity" in Rio Bravo, on his own at around 12:22 p.m.

The agent "discovered a group of illegal aliens" when he arrived at the scene, the agency sector said.

It said "initial reports" indicated that the agent was attacked by a number of people armed with "blunt objects."

That's when the agent "fired at least one round from his service-issued firearm, fatally wounding one of the assailants," the Laredo Sector said.

#USBP Laredo Sector Border Patrol Statement, More information https://t.co/wvwOB7adIs
The incident is currently under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Texas Rangers. pic.twitter.com/SD7mFdao7r

— CBP South Texas (@CBPSouthTexas) May 23, 2018

At some point, a number of other Border Patrol agents arrived at the scene. They called for EMS and administered first aid until the Rio Bravo Fire Department arrived.

They also apprehended three undocumented immigrants believed to be connected to the incident, which is now under investigation by the FBI and Texas Rangers.

Laredo activist Priscilla "Lagordiloca" Villarreal posted video of the scene to Facebook, showing FBI agents speaking with local law enforcement officer.

Villarreal said she believed the woman shot was between the ages of 16 and 24 and said she was shot "in the head with a single gunshot."

CBP has not responded to a request for more information on the incident.

A recent analysis found that the U.S. government has had to pay out more than $60 million in settlements between 2005 and 2017 over deaths, injuries and wrongful detentions involving Border Patrol agents.

The analysis, published by the Guardian newspaper said CBP agents were involved in 97 "fatal encounters" since 2003.

Since then, the government has had to settle at least 20 wrongful death claims from families of people killed in interactions with Border Patrol agents.

While most of the government's settlements were found to be related to reckless driving, the majority of fatal encounters involving CBP agents were caused by bullet wounds.