The border crossing south of San Diego, scene of Saturday’s shooting.
Seemingly taking a cue from Iraqi anti-insurgency manuals, U.S. border agents opened fire on a man as he attempted to drive through the border checkpoint at the Tijuana-San Ysidro crossing, fleeing officials after he failed to present legal identification. According to some news outlets, the single gunshot wound that he sustained was not considered to be life-threatening.—JCL
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at a border checkpoint fired on a man after he tried to drive into California from Mexico on Saturday, U.S. police said.
The pickup truck driver was heading north at the checkpoint between Tijuana and San Diego, the world’s busiest land border, when he tried to flee after he could not present proper identification.
“The agent referred the driver to a secondary inspection and he quickly accelerated away,” said Lieutenant Kevin Rooney of the San Diego police department, which is investigating the incident.
The man, who was described as a Latin American male about 50 years old, struck another vehicle and fixed objects as he tried to evade agents who eventually opened fire, Rooney said. The driver, who was not found to be armed, was treated Saturday at a San Diego hospital.