Miami, FL – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agent Jorge Arias was fatally shot by another agent during a firearms training demonstration on how to clear a building on Wednesday morning.
Law enforcement sources said that Agent Arias, who was assigned to Miami International Airport, also worked as a firearms instructor for the federal law enforcement agency, the Miami Herald reported.
Sources said that Agent Arias and another instructor who was also a CBP agent were role-playing a scenario where one of them was trying to subdue a suspect.
The agent who shot 40-year-old Agent Arias accidentally switched his training gun for his loaded duty weapon prior to the exercise, the Miami Herald reported.
His duty weapon held live ammunition and Agent Arias was shot twice in the chest.
CBP confirmed that its agents hold firearms training in a special area of the Trails Glades Shooting Range owned by the county on Wednesdays.
The wounded agent was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital where he later died, according to WPLG.
Dozens of law enforcement officers were gathered outside the hospital after the sad news was announced, in preparation for a motorcade that would take the fallen hero’s body to the medical examiner’s office.
A giant American flag hung suspended between two fire trucks outside the hospital, WPLG reported.
CBP said that Agent Arias was nine-year veteran firearms instructor with his agency, the Miami Herald reported.
His wife, Ana Mary Arias, said he also served as a reservist in the U.S. Coast Guard.
“He came from a small family and he always told me that he was part of a big family,” Ana Mary Arias told WPLG. “It is his law enforcement family.”
CBP Officer & firearms instructor who died yesterday identified by wife as 40yrold Jorge Arias. She told me: “My husband was very proud of his law enforcement family and even though he came from a small family he felt like he was part of a huge family and I can see it now.” @nbc6 pic.twitter.com/9m3MWRwKm9
— Laura Rodriguez (@LauraNBC6) October 20, 2022
CBP has not yet released the name of the fellow agent who shot Agent Arias, the Miami Herald reported.
The shooting is considered to be in the line of duty.
Agent Arias is the third Florida law enforcement officer to die in the line of duty in the past two months, the Miami Herald reported.
We mourn the loss of:
Officer Jorge Arias
United States Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection
End of Watch Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Officer Jorge Arias was inadvertently shot and killed while training at the Trail Glades Range. pic.twitter.com/iTrsLpnRNT
— Beyond the Call of Duty – End of Watch (@EowRide) October 20, 2022
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agent Jorge Arias, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.