According to a recent report from the United States Customs and Border Patrol, an agency within the Department of Homeland Security, a man was killed on Monday, June 3, 2019, at the San Ysidro, California point of entry from Mexico into the United States.
The man was required to stop for a mandatory inspection, something that all vehicles entering the United States are legally subject to. However, even after being asked to stop, the United States citizen attempted to flee in his vehicle.
After being trapped in traffic shortly beyond the inspection area at the port of entry, the unidentified man pulled a gun out and began firing at United States government inspectors and other law enforcement officials. Officers with Customs and Border Protection almost immediately fired back at the man, killing him. Of the seven total Customs and Border Patrol officers involved in the incident, zero were shot or otherwise injured by the belligerent.
Every day, the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry, as it’s officially known by the United States government, goes through about 70,000 vehicles heading into the country, which isn’t counting the number of vehicles exiting the United States. San Ysidro is a city in extreme southern California that is connected to Baja California.
The incident took place at roughly 7:45 p.m. Pacific Standard Time at the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry. After the perpetrator was apprehended, traffic was held at a stand-still by Customs and Border Patrol agents before starting operations back up as usual. People attempting to enter the United States are accepted at all hours of day.
Traffic did not stop for people who were attempting to enter Mexico from the United States via the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry.
An investigation carried out or commissioned by the United States Customs and Border Patrol is slated to follow this incident.
It will likely take months or longer than a year for the investigation to run its course. One investigation into a Texan Customs and Border Protection agent who killed an unarmed South or Central American teenager who was attempting to enter the United States illegally is currently ongoing. Currently, judges in both Texas and California have lax laws regarding what Customs and Border Protection agents are allowed to do while protecting the border between the United States and Mexico.