Aug. 18 2021 U.S. patrol officers along the U.S.-Mexico border have been attacked several times in recent weeks, including being rammed by a car and being shot 20 times by criminal gangs, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
The frequency of attacks on U.S.-Mexico border patrol agents in Texas and California has increased in recent weeks, a U.S. official said Wednesday, FoxNews.com reported Wednesday. In one incident, a criminal gang fired 20 shots in the direction of a patrolman. U.S. Customs and Border Protection did not release data detailing how many similar attacks have occurred, or whether they were related to the influx of immigrants.
U.S. Border Patrol agents were shot while detaining a group of immigrants south of San Diego on August 9, U.S. media reported. Residents near the area reported seeing several people fleeing in trucks and motorcycles from the Mexican border. 6, a patrol officer patrol near El Paso, Texas, suddenly heard gunshots, Sin-so timely hiding without injury. In addition, a patrolman working at a checkpoint near El Paso was knocked down and dragged by a car, and the driver was subsequently arrested and handed over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
According to recent data released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, as of October 2020, the beginning of fiscal year 2021, as of August 5, department staff faced 388 attacks, most of them direct physical attacks, followed by attacks with stones or other objects. Customs and Border Protection officials are currently working with the U.S. federal government and Mexican law enforcement to respond to recent events.