Gunfight With a Suspected Smuggling

A Federal Agent Was Murdered in a Gunfight With a Suspected Smuggling Vessel Off the Coast of Puerto Rico

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On Thursday morning, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection marine agent was fatally shot while approaching a suspected smuggling vessel off the coast of Puerto Rico, according to officials.

According to a CBP statement, three marine officers were shot at as they approached the vessel, and the agents fired back at the suspects’ boat.

The agents were taken to hospitals after suffering “different gunshot wounds” in the shootout, which occurred approximately 14 miles off the coast of Cabo Rojo, according to the statement. One agent passed away, while the conditions of the other two are unknown.

Customs and Border Protection reported that one of the two passengers aboard the suspected smuggling vessel was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other was taken into custody.

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas testified Thursday before Congress that he had been briefed on the shooting.

When asked about the challenges he faces in his position, Mayorkas linked them to those of the frontline workers he oversees.

According to CBP, a second vessel carrying contraband and firearms was apprehended by a Marine Interdiction crew later Thursday morning. The government claimed that both of the passengers on board, both U.S. citizens, were taken into custody.

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