Body armor shields Border Patrol agent struck by gunfire

Jan 5, 2023, 3:06 AM | Updated: 6:25 pm
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, second from left, speaks during a news conference i...

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, second from left, speaks during a news conference in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, on new border enforcement measures to limit unlawful migration, expand pathways for legal immigration, and increase border security. Mayorkas is joined by, from left, Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Troy Miller, U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz and Southwest Border Coordination Center (SBCC) Senior Coordinating Official Sidney Aki. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Border Patrol agent wearing body armor was struck by gunfire but avoided serious injury Thursday while confronting the occupants of a vehicle suspected of migrant smuggling in New Mexico, federal authorities said.

Six people were taken into custody after the vehicle later crashed, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said. The agency added that the agent was shot in the chest multiple times and was released after a medical examination.

The officer, who was not identified, had returned fire as a vehicle sped away on a rural state highway north of Hatchita.

“The fleeing vehicle was involved in a rolled over accident a few miles down the road and agents took six persons into custody,” according to the statement.

It said two of those in custody were flown to a trauma center in El Paso, Texas, for treatment. Their conditions and identities were not immediately released.

New Mexico State Police officers were assisting in an investigation, which also involved the FBI, according to State Police Lt. Mark Soriano.

Immigration and border enforcement have come under increasd scrutiny in recent weeks. On Thursday, Joe Biden disclosed he would make his first visit as president to the U.S. border with Mexico at El Paso. He said details were being worked out for a visit in connection with his meeting next week in Mexico City with leaders of Mexico and Canada.

Biden also announced Thursday that the U.S. would immediately begin turning away Cubans, Haitians and Nicaraguans who cross the border from Mexico illegally, expand on an existing effort to stop Venezuelans attempting to enter the U.S.

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Body armor shields Border Patrol agent struck by gunfire