Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents were assaulted during separate incidents just hours apart last week.
Agents assigned to the Special Operations Detachment, working in a remote area west of Tucson late Sept. 28, encountered two Mexican nationals armed with rifles. While attempting to arrest the individuals, one subject ran. When an agent caught up with the subject, an altercation ensued and a second agent had to assist in subduing the subject. One agent suffered a dislocated shoulder during the altercation. Agents also seized four weapons during the encounter.
A few hours later, on Sept. 29, Douglas Border Patrol Station agents encountered two Mexican nationals illegally present in the U.S. As agents were arresting the subjects, one refused to comply and punched an agent in the throat and torso before being subdued.
The individuals carrying firearms were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations and face prosecution.
The individuals arrested by Douglas agents will also face prosecution.
Federal law allows the Border Patrol to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
“These incidents highlight the many dangers Border Patrol agents encounter in the field on a daily basis,” said Chief Paul Beeson. “What appears initially to be a simple arrest can quickly escalate into a violent encounter. It is especially dangerous when agents encounter criminals carrying weapons and are willing to evade arrest by any means.”