Border Patrol agent wounded by bullet shot from Mexico’s riverbank

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A U.S. Border Patrol agent was wounded Tuesday by a bullet fired from Mexico’s side of the border.

According to the Brownsville Herald, U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Marcelino A. Medina said the agent sustained a non-lethal injury from a small caliber weapon during an assault originating from the riverbank.

The gunshot that wounded the agent came from the Mexican side of the Rio Grande River near Brownsville. Medina indicated that the injured agent was assigned to the Riverine Unit, which patrols the Rio Grande on boats.

“On Tuesday, December 26, 2017, a Border Patrol Agent assigned to the Riverine Unit sustained a non-life-threatening injury from a small caliber weapon resulting from an assault originating from the Mexican riverbank,” Medina said. “The agent suffered a grazing wound to the back of his head as a result of the incident and has been medically evaluated and released.”

The case is now being investigated with the participation of the FBI.

The incident follows the November assault on Border Patrol agent Rogelio Martinez and his partner, which resulted in the death of Martinez. The agents were attacked after responding to unspecified “activity” in a culvert off of Interstate 10 in Van Horn, Texas.

According to the sworn affidavit from an FBI agent, authorities believe the attack was a “violent assault” on two Border Patrol agents, although the culprits remain unknown.

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