SAN DIEGO (CBS) — Investigators on Friday were still trying to determine why a man tried to rush across the U.S.-Mexico border in a dash that ended with a Customs and Border Protection agent firing his weapon.

KNX 1070’s Kim Marriner reports the man was shot several times, but is expected to recover.

Officials said it all started when an “increasingly nervous pedestrian attempted to enter the U.S. at the San Ysidro crossing, according to San Diego Police Lt. Kevin Rooney.

“When the border agents engaged him in conversation and asked for his documents, the man became increasingly nervous and attempted to run away northbound through the turnstile and into the United States,” said Rooney.

Border agents then chased after the suspect, who pulled what officials believe is a “replica handgun” out of his waistband and pointed it skyward, said Rooney.

Agents yelled “Gun” and one fired at the suspect several times after believing he heard a shot.

The suspect received surgery at a local hospital for non-life threatening wounds.

An investigation is underway by the San Diego Police Department to determine whether the border officers’ use-of-force was justified.

Comments (7)
  1. Duh! says:

    Did they find the replica gun?

  2. This is America says:

    Lets see, strange guy, “terrorist”, tries to run across, “invade”, into the USA…… I think the shooting is justified. Enough of this non sense… invade the USA, you get shoot. Plain and simple.

    1. Stop INVADING America says:

      I couldn’t agree more!

    2. Too Funny says:

      You get shoot? I’m sure all immigrants are rushing into the U.S. pursuing a piece of this fine education you display.

  3. T says:

    I get that part – but if you are trying to make a split second decision, and you just arent sure what you are dealing with -wouldnt it be just as easy to shoot em with a bean bag gun, i mean would that stop them or take them down?
    I dont know how effective they are……But I know they are used alot….
    But i agree – dont run into the US at the border and not expect some kind of reprocussions …..

    1. Jeezus says:

      i doubt many cops wear beanbag guns on their hips, so if you’re saying it’s a split second decision, then how would they employ a bean bag gun in that case?

  4. CB says:

    Right on the border. You can’t tell me this incident wasn’t caught on tape!

    Let the truth be told.

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