Border Patrol Shooting Death Of Immigrant Woman Raises Tensions In South Texas

A female witness who lives next door to the site of the shooting, Marta Martinez, recorded the aftermath of the killing and posted it on Facebook.

The Border Patrol shooting death of an undocumented woman in Rio Bravo, Texas, near Laredo, Wednesday is ratcheting up tensions along the U.S.-Mexico border.

According to a statement released by Customs and Border Protection, a lone agent was responding “to a report of illegal activity by Centeno Lane … where he discovered a group of illegal aliens” just after noon.

The statement adds:

“Initial reports indicate that as the agent attempted to apprehend the group, he came under attack by multiple subjects using blunt objects. The agent fired at least one round from his service issued firearm, fatally wounding one of the assailants. The rest of the group fled the scene. Border Patrol Agents called for EMS and administered first aid until the Rio Bravo Fire Department arrived.”

Three other migrants were subsequently apprehended. Neither the agent nor the deceased woman, who was shot in the head, have been identified.

The incident is being investigated by the FBI and the Texas Rangers.

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