Sheriff: Border Patrol Agent attacked by smugglers in Terrell County

Published: Oct. 23, 2019 at 5:50 AM CDT
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UPDATE: U.S. Customs and Border Protection released the following:

"At approximately 10:30 p.m. October 22 a U.S. Border Patrol agent assigned to the Sanderson Border Patrol station was involved in a shooting incident subsequent to performing a vehicle stop on Highway 349 north of Dryden, Texas. During the traffic stop, approximately 10 subjects exited the vehicle and fled. One subject, a 22-year-old male citizen of Guatemala, attacked the agent. The agent discharged his firearm resulting in a non-life threatening injury to the subject. The agent sustained injuries from the encounter. Both the agent and subject were transported by EMS to local medical facilities. U.S. Customs and Border Protection is supporting the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Texas Department of Public Safety Rangers, and Homeland Security Investigations. Per CBP policy, the agency will also conduct an internal investigation of the incident led by the CBP Office of Professional Responsibility."


The Terrell County Sheriff's Office says that a Sanderson Border Patrol Agent was hurt after an assault during a traffic stop.

It happened overnight Wednesday along Highway 349 north of Dryden.

The sheriff's office says that the CBP Agent was assaulted during a traffic stop 20 miles north of Dryden, there were about 10 people inside the vehicle that was stopped.

TCSO reports that the vehicle may have been a part of a smuggling attempt.

Officials say that during the attack, the agent was able to fire his weapon, striking one of the suspects twice. The other people inside the vehicle took off on foot.

The area of the traffic stop is now an active manhunt scene for the outstanding suspects, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The Border Patrol Agent was taken to a hospital where he was treated and released.

Authorities say they do not know the condition of the attacker who was shot two times.

The case is still under investigation. But the Terrell County Sheriff's Office is urging people to use caution and to not pick up anyone walking in that area.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is released.
Posted by Terrell County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, October 23, 2019