Border Patrol releases photo of tense moments near San Ysidro port of entry

Agents say group was trying to cross illegally

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The San Diego sector of the U.S. Border Patrol released a photograph on Monday afternoon that shows what appears to be a tense situation between agents and a large group of Mexicans.

The photo shows agents and the group on the U.S. side of the international border, with a couple of people raising their arms as if they were throwing things.

According to a news release by the Border Patrol, the Mexicans illegally crossed the border and then threw rocks and bottles at agents.

No agents were seriously hurt, but one was struck in the head with a water bottle and several were hit with rocks on their arms and legs, officials said.

The incident occurred Sunday about a quarter mile west of the San Ysidro port of entry in the Tijuana River channel, the news release said.

A group of 100 initially approached U.S. soil and failed to stop when warned by one agent, the release said.

"The agent deployed his PepperBall Launcher System, an intermediate use-of-force device, in an effort to stop the group and protect himself," the release stated.

Shortly after that, other agents arrived at the scene and that is when some of the people started throwing rocks and bottles, the news release said.

"While attacks on Border Patrol agents are not uncommon, the agents showed great restraint when faced with the dangers of this unusually large group," said Paul Beeson, San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent. "Fortunately no one was seriously injured."

No one was arrested, agents said. No one in the Mexican group could be identified and contacted by late Monday afternoon, and no American witnesses could be found for comment.

It appeared that fewer than 100 people were near the agents in the photo.

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