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One man shot, killed by Border Patrol agent near Las Americas Premium Outlets

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Posted at 6:51 PM, Oct 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-24 19:46:07-04

SAN YSIDRO, Calif. (KGTV) — One man was killed in a shooting involving a Border Patrol officer Friday near the Las Americas Premium Outlets.

Just before 6 p.m., a Border Patrol agent assigned to the San Diego Sector shot an unidentified 30-year-old man in the area of Dairy Mart Rd. and Camino De La Plaza, close to the international border, according to Aaron Heitke, Chief Patrol Agent with United States Border Patrol in San Diego.

Heitke said the man was illegally trying to enter the U.S. west of the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

During the arrest, an altercation between the man and agent began, during which the agent fired his service weapon, striking the man in the torso, according to Heitke. The details surrounding what led to the fight haven’t been released at this time.

The agent received minor injuries, according to San Diego Police. That agent is not being identified at this time, police added.

At about 6:25 p.m., first responders pronounced the man dead, Heitke added. The victim has been identified but his name was not released. He was described as an adult Mexican national.

SDPD officers were also called to the scene. Border Patrol told ABC 10News that SDPD will be handling the investigation.

After SDPD's Homicide Unit completes its investigation, the U.S. Attorney's Office will review the case. Anyone with information is asked to call SDPD's Homicide Unit at 619-531-
2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.