Third Border Patrol Agent Assaulted in One Week

US Border Patrol agent Richard Funke patrols along the border fence between Arizona and Mexico at the town of Nogales on July 28, 2010. A federal judge blocked the most controversial parts of Arizona's new immigration law, barring police from checking the immigrant status of suspected criminals. The ruling came …

A 17-year-old male Mexican national allegedly assaulted a Border Patrol agent near Vamori in Pima County, Arizona, not far from the Mexican border. This is the third reported attack against agent in Arizona this week.

The agent, a supervisor, was working alone and was assaulted on Thanksgiving Day evening, according to information provided to Breitbart Texas by U.S. Border Patrol officials. He was south of Sells, Arizona, when he confronted three male Mexican citizens. One became aggressive. The agent was forced to use pepper spray to facilitate the arrest.

The agent arrested all three Mexican nationals. The 17-year-old is facing a charge of assaulting a federal agent.

Breitbart Texas reported on Wednesday that U.S. Border Patrol officials from the Tucson Sector relayed that agents encountered a large group of suspected illegal aliens in the Baboquivari Mountain Range near Three Points. As one of the agents attempted to arrest the subjects, one illegal alien became assaultive. The agent discharged his service-issued sidearm striking the foreign national. The suspect died, and agents arrested three of the illegal immigrants but the others escaped. The incident occurred just after noon on Wednesday.

During a press conference on Thursday morning, Tucson Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodolfo Karisch told reporters two agents were involved in the incident, AZCentral reported.  “The assailant wound up on top of the agent and was able to pull his weapon from his holster, at which time the other agent came up and shot the individual,” Karisch explained.

Three of the illegal aliens traveled to Arizona from Guatemala. It has not yet been reported where the deceased person is from or what role he played in the group. They have been arrested on immigration charges.

On November 21, an illegal alien from Mexico assaulted a border patrol agent assigned to the Tucson Sector. Breitbart Texas reported that the agent came upon a group of suspected illegal immigrants immediately north of the border between Mexico and Arizona. The agent attempted to arrest a 22-year-old Mexican national, but the young male resisted and threw dirt in the agent’s face.

Breitbart Texas reported on Saturday that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California refused to prosecute a Mexican national after his alleged assault on an agent put the agent in the hospital for head injuries. The Border Patrol agent received a concussion after being struck in the head by flying metal after the illegal immigrant plowed through a road sign while allegedly bypassing a checkpoint during a human smuggling run, Breitbart Texas reported last Friday. Breitbart Texas reached out to the U.S. Attorney’s office in San Diego for an explanation about the lack of charges. A cryptic response said the DOJ might be considering prosecution.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) responded that it does not specifically track the prosecution of illegal aliens that assault Border Patrol agents.

DOJ officials said their department has prosecuted 428 people for assaulting federal law enforcement officials. The number of prosecutions is up from 376 in 2016 and 336 in 2015.

During the first 11 months of FY 2017, which ended on October 1, 671 Border Patrol agents have been assaulted in the performance of their duty, Breitbart Texas reported in September. This number represents a 67 percent increase over the same period in FY 2016. Final numbers for FY 2017 have not yet been released.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas. He is a founding member of the Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTXGab, and Facebook.


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