A U.S. Border Patrol agent shot and killed a 30-year-old man Friday near the U.S.-Mexico border in San Ysidro, the San Diego Police Department confirmed.
SDPD Homicide Unit Lt. Andra Brown said the man, a Mexican national, was involved in an altercation with the Border Patrol agent on federal property, in an area that is patrolled regularly and not open to the public, before the agent fired.
Authorities said the man had attempted to enter the U.S. illegally when he was confronted by a Border Patrol agent, which ensued in their altercation. The federal agent opened fire on the man, striking him once in the torso.
Medics later pronounced the man dead. Brown said the agent involved was not seriously injured.
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SDPD said the man's name is not being released at this time.
The shooting was reported at around 5:45 p.m. near the Las Americas Premium Outlets on Camino De La Plaza, according to SDPD.
Investigators are looking into whether security cameras in the area caught the shooting, Brown said.
SDPD's homicide unit is investigating the deadly shooting, but its officers were not otherwise involved in the incident, the department said.
"A United States Border Patrol Agent assigned to the San Diego sector was involved in the on-duty shooting of a subject close to the international border," read a statement issued by Chief Border Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke.
The investigation is ongoing.
No other information was available.
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