Cbp Shooting Puerto Rico: According to agency spokesperson Jeffrey Quinones, one US Customs and Border Protection agent is killed and two others are hurt following a shootout with alleged drug smugglers off the coast of Puerto Rico. Just a few minutes earlier, we were informed that an agent who had been sent directly to a hospital in Mayagüez had died. Before the agent’s family is informed, we are unable to disclose any further information, Quiones stated.
According to the agency, the three agents came across a possible smuggling vessel on Thursday morning when they were out on patrol along the shore. The situation worsened when the agents came under fire, and a shootout ensued, according to the agency, during which one agent was killed and two others were hurt. According to the agency, one alleged smuggler died and another was taken into custody. Authorities withheld the nationalities of the accused.
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According to Joseph Gonzalez, the special agent in charge of the San Juan FBI field office, as of Thursday night, three people are being held in jail pending federal charges. Regarding the sort of charges or the nationalities of the people, no additional information was provided. The agents’ identities are not known to the general public.
According to Dr. Israel Ayala, medical director of Puerto Rico‘s Medical Services Administration, the two remaining agents are receiving treatment in Puerto Rico for multiple gunshot wounds. Ayala said in a statement to CNN that “one of them was immediately admitted to the stabilization unit and is being treated by emergency physicians and trauma surgeons.” The other agent, who is undergoing minor surgery, is likewise being assessed and cared for by trauma and emergency department personnel.
Ayala added that the hospitalized agents are receiving the care they need and that the next 24 hours will be used to monitor their progress. One agent is in critical condition, according to Gonzalez, and the other is in stable condition. Alejandro Mayorkas, the secretary of homeland security, informed lawmakers Thursday morning that he had been updated on the situation and that he was sending prayers for the agents and their families.
During a Senate panel discussion on global threats, Mayorkas said, “We pray for the family of the cop who lost his life and we hope for the fast recovery of those who have been hurt.” The event is being investigated by the FBI and Homeland Security Investigations.