SUNLAND PARK ― The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted Monday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to investigate a police shooting involving a CBP Border Patrol agent on McNutt Road in Sunland Park.
New Mexico State Police investigators learned that at about 6 a.m., CBP Border Patrol agents were in the area of 1200 McNutt Road investigating a possible illegal border crossing.
CBP Border Patrol agents arrived and encountered several suspects. A foot pursuit ensued with one of the suspects and two Border Patrol agents. At some point during the foot pursuit, the suspect fired a weapon at the two Border Patrol agents. One of the Border Patrol agents then fired their duty weapon at the suspect striking him.
Emergency aid was rendered to the suspect and he was transported to an area hospital where he later died from his injuries. The Border Patrol agents were uninjured in the incident.
New Mexico State Police Investigation Bureau agents are working to positively identify the suspect. Until positive identification is made, and the suspect’s family is properly notified, his identity will not be released. The name of the Border Patrol agent involved will not be released until interviews have been completed.
For inquiries about the Border Patrol agent’s duty status, contact CBP. This case remains under investigation by the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau with no further information available. When more details become available, that information will be released via press release.