Shots fired at California border crossing after pickup fails to stop, authorities say

Tuesday, June 4, 2019
By Paul Martin

It was unclear if anyone was wounded or killed, but a union representative told a newspaper no officers were hurt.

By Phil Helsel
June 4, 2019

There was a shooting involving officers at the border crossing near San Diego on Monday night, after a pickup entering the United States failed to stop for an inspection, Customs and Border Protection said in a statement.

There were no injuries to Customs and Border Protection officers, a union leader told the local newspaper. The CBP statement did not say whether officers were fired upon, or if anyone was hit or arrested.

The incident occurred around 7:30 the San Ysidro port of entry, which separates the San Diego area and Tijuana. “The driver failed to stop for an inspection, and there was an officer-involved shooting,” a CBP spokesperson said in a statement.

No further details were released, and CBP referred questions to the San Diego Police Department, which the spokesperson said was the lead investigative agency in the incident.

A San Diego police watch commander said there was a shooting but did not know if anyone died or was wounded. He said that police homicide detectives were conducting an investigation and would release more information later.

A leader from the San Diego branch of the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents Customs and Border Protection officers, said in a text message to The San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper that “all officers involved are safe and uninjured.”

Video captured by bystanders includes what appears to be sounds of a burst of gunfire. Another video shows officials taking cover. Video obtained by NBC San Diego shows what appears to be a warning for people to get down amid the gunfire.

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