Border officer shoots driver at Arizona crossing
NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection says a CBP officer shot and wounded the driver of a vehicle attempting to cross into Mexico at a port of entry, and the mayor of the Arizona city where the incident took place says the wounded man died.
A CBP statement about the Thursday night shooting said the driver was wounded and taken to a hospital in Nogales, Sonora, but did not provide his condition, and CBP officials told The Associated Press on Friday they could not immediately provide additional information.
Mayor Arturo Garino, the mayor of Nogales, Arizona, told the Arizona Daily Star that the shooting took place after the driver refused to stop and tried to run over the CBP officer.
The CBP statement said the vehicle stopped several yards into Mexico.
The mayor of Nogales, Arizona, says a port of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border is temporarily closed after a customs officer shot and killed a southbound driver who refused to stop.
Mayor Arturo Garino tells the Arizona Daily Star that he was told the shooting took place after the truck tried to run over the officer Thursday night.
The truck's momentum then carried it onto the Mexican side of the buffer zone between the two countries.
Officers of the Mexican equivalent of U.S. Customs and Border Protection reportedly surrounded the truck and discovered the driver dead.
Mexican authorities told the Nogales International newspaper that two men were in the truck and the passenger was arrested.