Border Patrol Agent Fires At Armed Militia Member On Texas Border

BROWNSVILLE (August 30, 2014) A Border Patrol agent shot at someone near the Texas-Mexico border who later identified himself as a militia member, a spokesman says.

Agents who were pursuing a group of immigrants east of Brownsville on Friday came upon a man holding a long gun near the river, Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora said.

One agent fired multiple shots, but did not hit the armed man.

The man then identified himself as a member of a militia.

An unknown number of militia members have come to the Texas border in response to a surge in illegal immigration.

Zamora said no other details were immediately available.

This month, the Border Patrol warned its agents about militia members after seven of them were initially mistaken for members of a Texas Department of Public Safety tactical team near Mission.