Nogales, AZ – A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Border Patrol agent was repeatedly stabbed as he tried to arrest a group of suspected illegal aliens on Monday night, according to the agency.
The attack occurred as the agent was out on foot patrol east of Nogales at approximately 7 p.m., U.S. Border Patrol Tucson Sector Chief Patrol Agent Roy Villareal said in a press release.
While patrolling, the agent spotted a group of “suspected illegal aliens,” and attempted to take the group into custody, Chief Agent Villareal explained.
That’s when a member of the group pulled out a knife and stabbed the agent repeatedly.
The agent was able to use his sidearm to fatally shoot his attacker, the CBP said in a press release on Tuesday.
CBP Air Operations airlifted the wounded agent from the scene and transported him to the Nogales Airport, where they were met by an air ambulance, the agency said.
The agent was then flown to a Tucson hospital, where he was treated for his stab wounds.
The unnamed agent has since been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.
— Roy D. Villareal (@USBPChiefTCA) September 22, 2020
No other information about the stabbing or the attacker have been released.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is leading the investigation into the attack.
The Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General, and the CBP Office of Professional Responsibility have also been notified, according to Chief Agent Villareal.