New details: 15-year veteran of Border Patrol shoots undocumented woman
In an updated statement released Friday, Border Patrol says a 15-year-old veteran of Border Patrol shot and killed an undocumented woman earlier this week.
According to witnesses CBS 4 News spoke to, the woman died at the scene.
Border Patrol has not officially identified the woman or the agent involved, who is said to be a 15-year veteran of Border Patrol.
According to the statement from the agency, the agent responded to illegal activity near the Centeno Lane Culvert in Rio Bravo when he discovered a group of undocumented immigrants and ordered them to get on the ground.
The agent says the group ignored his commands and instead rushed him. That’s when, according to the agent, he discharged one round from his firearm and shot the woman.
Border Patrol says first aid was rendered to the woman until fire authorities arrived.
Three undocumented immigrants were later apprehended by responding agents.
The case remains under investigation by the FBI and Texas Rangers.
The family of the undocumented woman has confirmed to CBS 4 News that their loved one who was killed was Claudia Gonzalez, a 19-year-old from Guatemala.
Gonzalez’s fiancé, Yosimar Morales, lives in the United States and says Claudia was on her way to meet up with him when the shooting occurred.
Now that the woman he loves is gone, all he wants is justice.
“I ask all the people who watch this video to support me in getting justice,” Morales said in a video.
Read the full statement here:
LAREDO, Texas – A woman has died as a result of a gunshot wound during an incident in which a Border Patrol Agent was allegedly assaulted by a group of illegal aliens he was attempting to apprehend, near Rio Bravo, TX at approximately 12:22 p.m. Central Time on May 23, 2018.
The agent, a 15-year veteran of the Border Patrol, responded to a report of illegal activity near the Centeno Lane Culvert in Rio Bravo, Texas where he discovered a group of suspected illegal aliens and ordered them to get on the ground. According to the agent, the group ignored his verbal commands and instead rushed him. The agent discharged one round from his service-issued firearm, striking one member of the group. The rest of the group fled the scene. The agent broadcasted shots fired over the service radio and called for EMS. First aid was rendered to the woman until the Rio Bravo Fire Department arrived.
A total of three illegal aliens related to the incident were subsequently apprehended by responding agents.
The incident is currently under investigation by FBI and the Texas Rangers with assistance from U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Professional Responsibility. The Border Patrol agent is currently on administrative leave in accordance with policy.