Border Patrol Agent Assaulted with Large Rock near California Border

An El Centro Sector Border Patrol agent received treatment for a head laceration following being struck by a large rock thrown through a damaged border barrier. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/El Centro Sector)
Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/El Centro Sector

An unknown assailant in Mexico assaulted a U.S. Border Patrol agent with a large rock as the agent patrolled the border in Calexico, California. The assault occurred as the agent prepared to take a migrant into custody who had just illegally crossed the damaged border barrier.

Shortly before noon on Saturday morning, an El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents observed a migrant illegally cross the border barrier near 1st Street and Dool Avenue in Calexico. The migrant entered the U.S. through “an old dilapidated section of wall,” according to information provided by El Centro Sector Border Patrol officials.

As the agent responded in his patrol vehicle, an unidentified individual in Mexico threw a softball sized concrete rock through the breach in the wall. The rock reportedly entered the Border Patrol agents vehicle through the driver side window striking the agent in the face, officials stated.

The assailant fled the scene to avoid apprehension by Mexican law enforcement officials.

“The rock thrown at the agent caused a serious laceration above the eye which required medical attention,” El Centro officials reported. Agents arranged transportation for the injured Border Patrol agent to a local hospital for treatment and evaluation.

“Our Border Patrol agents work in extremely dangerous situations and under heavy duress,” El Centro Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez said in a written statement. “However, our agents continue to perform at an exceptionally high level carrying out their duties with integrity and compassion.”

Agents placed the migrant who illegally entered the U.S. into custody and held him for questioning. The assault will be investigated by the FBI.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for the Breitbart Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.

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