Border Patrol arrests previously deported gang member, face gunfire in separate incidents

Posted at 12:43 PM, Sep 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-20 15:43:43-04

CALEXICO, Calif. (KGTV) - Border Patrol agents arrested a previously deported gang member and came under gunfire in two separate incidents this week.

Agents at Calexico Station's processing center said a 25-year-old Mexican citizen who had been arrested in downtown Calexico is a member of the "Sureños" criminal organization, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said.

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After being interviewed, the man admitted to being a member of the gang, CBP said. The man had previously been deported as well.

An "order of removal" has been resubmitted and the man will be returned to Mexico, according to agents. The man's name was not immediately released.

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Later Monday, a CBP agent from El Centro Station came under reported gunfire during an arrest near Calexico International Airport.

The agent was attempting to arrest three people suspected of entering the U.S. illegally when they report hearing two distinct gunshots near the International Boundary Fence.

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No injuries were reported. Mexican authorities were alerted but no arrests have reportedly been made.