Checkpoint Runner With Pellet Gun Shot by Border Patrol Agents

A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent keeps watch at a checkpoint station
AP Photo/Eric Gay

Federal authorities are investigating an officer-related shooting where U.S Border Patrol agents killed a suspect who had pulled a pellet gun on them.

The case began at the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca when a man pulled up to it but then drove straight through without stopping, setting off a chase, the AP reported.

The agents pursued the vehicle for about 30 miles until the vehicle stopped and a group of four agents approached him. The man then pulled out a pellet gun, prompting an agent to yell “gun” as two others fired at him, killing him.

Realistic looking pellet and airsoft guns have become a difficult issue for law enforcement, particularly near the Texas border. As Breitbart Texas previously reported, in early January a woman near the border city of Edinburg showed up to the Hidalgo County Jail with an air gun and confronted authorities in an effort to get them to shoot her, in a practice known as “suicide by cop” or “blue suicide.”

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