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Border Patrol Marksman Engages Armed Threat with Single Shot

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A U.S. Customs and Border Protection sniper shot and killed an armed Mexican national from 275 yards away after witnessing him point a loaded handgun at a group of migrants near the border in San Diego.

The CBP’s Border Patrol Tactical Unit was monitoring the area for recent armed robberies when agents observed a group of migrants being confronted and threatened at gunpoint.

“[U.S. Border Patrol Tactical Unit] was actively monitoring this area — where there is a paved road winding through the mountains – because of recent reports of armed robberies and assaults targeting groups of migrants crossing into the United States,” CBP stated.

“A small group of BORTAC agents was concealed approximately 70 yards north of the border along a ravine near the paved road. Additional BORTAC agents, including a precision marksman, were positioned on high ground approximately 275 yards away, providing overwatch of the area,” they added.

A precision marksman took a single shot, hitting the perpetrator as he racked his pistol and aimed it at one migrant.

Witnesses and first responders confirmed the details.

“Based on witness interviews conducted by investigators, a group of migrants was walking on the paved road in the early morning hours when they were approached by four individuals, at least one of whom was armed with a handgun,” CBP said.

“According to the witnesses, the armed individual demanded money from the group, racked his pistol to chamber a round, and pointed the weapon at one of the migrants. Then the migrants heard a single gunshot and observed the armed individual fall to the ground. The migrants informed investigators they did not know from where the gunshot was fired.”

“They observed the armed individual threaten the migrants, chamber a round, and point a gun at one of the migrants — at which time the BORTAC precision marksman fired one round, striking the armed individual. No other injuries were reported,” they added.

The 32-year-old Mexican national was pronounced dead at the hospital.

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