New Mexico Border Patrol Agent Shoots and Wounds Driver

The border continues to be a dangerous place to patrol.

By Jay Koester
El Paso Times

A Border Patrol agent was hit by a vehicle, and the driver of the vehicle was shot Thursday night in a remote area of New Mexico, said Agent Ramiro Cordero, a spokesman for the U.S. Border Patrol’s El Paso sector.

Cordero said both the agent and the driver of the vehicle were taken to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

The incident happened about 11 p.m. Thursday in a remote area about 25 miles west of the border crossing at Santa Teresa, New Mexico, Cordero said.

The incident started when Border Patrol agents saw the truck attempting to cross the border in the area, and they went to stop the truck.

“That was when the driver of the truck tried to run an agent over, and agents were forced to fire their weapons,” Cordero said.

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