Border Patrol agent fatally shoots woman in Chula Vista
Incident occurred in 900 block of Moss Street
1:39 PM, Sep 28, 2012
9:59 AM, Sep 29, 2012
CHULA VISTA, Calif. -
A woman rammed a plainclothes U.S. Border Patrol agent with a car on a residential South Bay road on Friday, hurling him onto the hood of the vehicle and prompting him to fatally shoot her through the windshield in self-defense, authorities reported.
The lawman was in southwestern Chula Vista with other undercover personnel to serve a felony arrest warrant when the dark-green Honda Accord struck him in the 600 block of Moss Street about 1 p.m., according to police and federal officials.
"The agent ... was hit by the vehicle and carried several hundred yards on the hood before, fearing for his life, (he) did discharge his weapon to get the vehicle to stop," Border Patrol Deputy Chief Rodney Scott told reporters.
Area residents described hearing six to eight shots ring out. The woman, whose name was not immediately available, died at the scene.
Medics took the agent to a hospital. Scott said he did not know the extent of his injuries.
"But he was impacted by a vehicle pretty hard," the spokesman added.
The woman was not the subject of the warrant, Scott told news crews. That suspect remained at large in the late afternoon, he said.
Area resident Hector Salazar told a local television station he was reading his mail in his home when the deadly shooting occurred a short distance away.
"I just saw an agent with a gun walking toward the car and yelling," he said. "But the person inside didn't respond."
The Chula Vista Police Department was investigating the case in conjunction with the Border Patrol and U.S. Inspector General's Office, CVPD Lt. Lon Turner said.
Authorities have closed Moss Street from Woodlawn Avenue to Broadway as they conduct their investigation. .