Border Patrol agent opens fire after head on collision with smuggler

Head on crash

A man is in custody after he tried to run over a Border Patrol agent while smuggling a load of marijuana.

It happened Friday morning at 11:20 a.m. in the La Casita area near Rio Grande City.

Starr County Sheriff Office investigators confirm the driver of a brown Tahoe ran into a Border Patrol unit head on.

The agent then opened fire from inside his unit.

Authorities said the shots went through the agents windshield and into the suspects windshield, but the suspect was not hit.

The suspect, who is from the area, was arrested and is said to have suffered minor cuts from the shattered windshield.

Agents found 720 pounds of marijuana inside the vehicle.

The FBI is now investigating the case.

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