1 dead in Border Patrol shooting in San Ysidro

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SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Police Department is leading the investigation into what led a Border Patrol agent to shoot and kill a man in San Ysidro Friday.

The shooting happened at approximately 5:45 p.m. near Las Americas Premium Outlets mall on Camino De La Plaza. U.S. Border Patrol spokesperson Aaron Heitke said an agent responded to apprehend a man illegally entering the U.S. immediately west of the port of entry. Some kind of fight ensued and the agent fired his gun, the spokesperson said.

The San Diego Police Department released an update Saturday saying it is still early in the investigation but preliminary information is that the man was confronted by a Border Patrol agent. He fought with the agent, who fired his gun. The man was hit once in the torso and died at the scene at 6:25 p.m. despite attempts to save his life by law enforcement and emergency personnel.

San Diego police said the 30-year-old man who was killed has been identified as a Mexican national but his name is not being released right now. The Border Patrol agent’s name is also being withheld. He had minor injuries after the incident, police said.

The shooting took place on federal property, San Diego Police Lt. Andra Brown said, and remains under investigation. The department’s homicide unit is conducting the investigation, which is standard protocol for any officer- or agent-involved shooting that occurs in the City of San Diego.

Full statement from Aaron Heitke, U.S. Border Patrol, San Diego Sector:

“On Friday, October 23, 2020, at approximately 5:45 p.m., a United States Border Patrol agent responded to apprehend a man illegally entering the United States immediately west of the port of entry in San Ysidro, California. During the arrest, an altercation ensued and the agent discharged his firearm, wounding the man, who was later identified as an adult Mexican national. Nearby agents and law enforcement personnel responded immediately and initiated lifesaving efforts until emergency medical services arrived. At approximately 6:25 p.m. the man was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The investigation is currently being led by the San Diego Police Department. Customs and Border Protection will continue to fully cooperate with the ongoing investigation. The specifics of this incident have also been shared with FBI, DHS OIG and CBP Office of Professional Responsibility.

Additional updates will be provided by the San Diego Police Department, inquiries should be directed to them.”

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