SAN DIEGO -- A man is accused of hitting a Border Patrol agent with a rock and stealing his ATV before he was shot by agents and arrested near the Tijuana River estuary early Sunday.
The man was taken to a hospital for treatment of a gunshot injury, which was not believed to be life-threatening, police said.
The incident began around 2:30 a.m. in an area known as Spooner's Mesa, between the US-Mexico border and Monument Road, San Diego police Homicide Captain Thomas Underwood said. “In the course of that contact a fight ensued, and an agent was knocked off his ATV with a rock. The suspect then jumped onto the agent’s ATV and a pursuit ensued where the suspect eventually lost control, crashed and was taken into custody. During the incident at least two border patrol agents fired their weapons at the suspect."
Other agents gave chase, and two of the agents fired their weapons at the man, striking him at least once, Underwood said. The suspect lost control of the stolen ATV, which careened into a fence. "The suspect has a non-life threatening at least one gunshot wound."
The suspect was then arrested, believed to be a 19-year-old man.
No agents were seriously injured, Underwood said. Authorities haven't yet been able to identify the suspect.
San Diego police homicide detectives were in charge of investigating the shooting, as it took place within San Diego city limits.