Roma, TX – A U.S. Border Patrol agent patrolling in Texas was shot at by somebody from the Mexico side of the border on New Year’s Day while in the process of arresting someone who had just crossed the border illegally.
The incident occurred on Jan. 1 near Roma, FOX News reported.
Sources said that the agent was trying to detain an undocumented immigrant when a gunman began firing shots at them from Mexico across the Rio Grande River.
Multiple bullets struck the agent’s patrol vehicle, according to pictures provided by law enforcement to FOX News.
NEW: A Border Patrol agent was shot at from across the river in Mexico on New Year’s Day while he was apprehending a migrant who had crossed illegally near Roma, TX. Bullets hit agents vehicle, but he wasn’t hurt. CBP and FBI now investigating. Pics from LE source. @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/WSU0ZLslGZ
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) January 3, 2022
Sources said that nobody was hurt and the border patrol agent did not return fire across the river.
U.S. Border Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have launched an investigation into the incident, FOX News reported.
Gunfire from the southern side of the United States’ border with Mexico is not uncommon.
In August of 2021, Mexican gunmen opened fire on border patrol agents near El Paso twice in one week, KVIA reported.
On the first occasion, federal authorities confirmed that about 20 shots had been fired at the agent using security camera footage from along the border.
“Camera operators confirmed the presence of two subjects with what appeared to be a rifle shooting north from the Mexican side of the Rio Grande River,” the U.S. Border Patrol said in a statement. “Approximately 20 rounds were fired towards the agent from approximately 150 yards away. The two subjects were then observed entering a sedan on the Mexican side and fleeing the scene.”
Mexican gunmen opened fire on a U.S. Border Patrol boat patrolling the Rio Grande River in August of 2019, KTLA reported.
Authorities said that more than 50 rounds were fired at the boat and the vessel was struck multiple times.
None of the people aboard the boat were hit, KTLA reported.