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Sheriff’s Office: Border Patrol Agent Who Fatally Shot Migrant Acted in Self-Defense

By Steve Neavling

A migrant who was fatally shot by a Border Patrol agent in southern Arizona first assaulted the agent with a rock, the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office said. 

The sheriff’s office is investigating the fatal shooting that occurred at about 10 p.m. on Saturday in a rugged area of the Peloncillo Mountains in Douglas, a few miles north of the border. 

In a statement, the sheriff’s office said the agent was acting in self-defense when he shot the migrant multiple times, 12 News-TV reports.

The migrant has been identified as 32-year-old Carmelo Cruz-Marcos of Mexico. 

Moments before the shooting, the agent encountered a group of undocumented migrants, including Cruz-Marcos. The migrants ran, prompting a foot chase. Both Cruz-Marcos and the agent tripped, and a struggle ensued. 

Cruz-Marcos struck the agent in the shoulder and then retrieved a rock, according to the sheriff’s office. As the migrant raised his arm with the rock, the agent told investigators that he had “feared for his life” and pulled the trigger. 

Man Who Held Knife to Border Patrol Agent’s Throat arrested, FBI Says

Photo via Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling

The FBI arrested a man accused of holding a knife to the throat of a Border Patrol agent. 

Rey David Marquez-Jimenez, a 21-year-old Mexican citizen, illegally entered Arizona from Mexico before striking the agent on the head, tackling him and pulling out a knife and holding it near the agent’s face and throat, according to court documents obtained by The Arizona Republic. While trying to fend off the attacker, the agent’s hand was cut.

The agent was trying to detain another person when Marquez-Jimenez attacked him, the FBI said.  

Other agents detained the pair after they fled. 

The attack occurred at about 4:18 a.m. Wednesday in a remote location near Hereford. 

Marquez-Jimenez, who is in the custody of the U.S. Marshals, is scheduled back in court for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 8.

Border Patrol Agent Struck by Suspected Drunken Driver Along Checkpoint in California

Photo via Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling

A suspected drunken driver struck a Border Patrol agent at a freeway checkpoint in southern California early Monday morning. 

The Mini Cooper was traveling about 60 mph at about 2:30 a.m. when it hit the agent, who was working the checkpoint with “all the lanes lit up and traffic cone pattern set up” on I-15 near Rainbow Valley Boulevard, California Highway Patrol spokesman Mike Lassig said, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

The agent had major injuries and was rushed to the hospital, where he was in stable condition, Lassig said. 

The 30-year-old driver continued driving after hitting the agent before pulling over less than a mile down the freeway, Lassig said.

The driver, of San Bernardino, was arrested and faces charge of driving under the influence and felony hit-and-run. 

Border Patrol Agent Boosts Morale with New Mural at Agency’s Presidio Station

Border Patrol Agent Janenne Ellis in front of a new mural at the Presidio Border Patrol Station. Photo: CBP.

By Steve Neavling

It’s so hot in Presidio, Texas, that most buildings are light tan or brown to keep the heat down.  

At the Presidio Border Patrol Station, a new building was brought in, with its tan exterior facing the main entrance gate. 

For Border Patrol Agent Janenne Ellis, the broad side of the building was a perfect “blank canvas” that could boost morale. 

“That is what you see when you come in the gate here,” Ellis, an Army veteran, said. “The side of a blank wall. When they were putting it up, I was thinking that would be so cool if we had a mural here.”

And so began a project to paint a large mural incorporating symbols and silhouettes representing the region and Border Patrol across the length of the building. Featured in the mural are horse patrols, ATVs, an unmanned aerial system, and Texas itself. 

Ellis, the only female agent at the Presidio Station, was joined by her husband and other volunteers, including coworkers and medical staff, to paint the mural using their own supplies on off-duty hours. 

Silverio Escontrias, Presidio’s patrol agent in charge, was impressed. 

“The mural is a direct reflection of Presidio Stations Esprit de Corps and our agents’ dedication to border security,” he said.

Sean L. McGoffin, Big Bend Sector’s chief patrol agent, said he’s considering similar initiatives across the sector.

“I am grateful for the pride and initiative shown by Watch Commander Ellis and everyone that assisted with this project,” McGoffin said. “This initiative is a direct reflection of the professionalism and attention to detail that all our Big Bend Sector employees put into their duties on a daily basis. Going above and beyond the call of duty by utilizing their own resources and time truly embodies the U.S. Border Patrol’s motto of Honor First.”     

A new mural at the Presidio Border Patrol Station. Photo: CBP.

Former DEA Agent Sentenced to 13+ Years for Perjury, Obstruction, Theft

Former DEA Agent Chad Allan Scott. Photo: St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office

By Steve Neavling

A former DEA agent was sentenced Thursday to more than 13 years in prison on nine charges related to official misconduct. 

Chad Allan Scott, 53, of Covington, La., was convicted in August 2019 and June 2021 of perjury, obstruction of justice, theft, and other charges. 

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Scott obtained a conviction against an alleged drug dealer by committing perjury and directing others to commit perjury. To take possession of a truck that a drug dealer bought him, he falsified forms. And worried about an investigation against him and two other law enforcement officers, he and the others conspired to throw evidence of their misdeeds into the swamps outside New Orleans. 

He also stole money and possessions from suspects in drug cases. 

“Chad Scott wielded his police powers to victimize the very citizens he had sworn to serve and protect, eroding the community’s trust in law enforcement and undermining the rule of law,” Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid said in a statement. “Today’s sentencing shows that law enforcement officers who betray the public’s trust will be held accountable and punished accordingly.”

DEA Administrator Anne Milgram added, “Chad Scott took an oath to serve his community with integrity, but rather than use his badge to protect his community, he used it to break the law. This goes against everything that the Drug Enforcement Administration stands for. Scott betrayed the very people he was entrusted to protect and today he is being held accountable for his crimes.”

Douglas A. Williams, Jr., special agent in charge of the FBI’s New Orleans Field Office, said the case against Scott shows “that no one is above the law.”

“Corrupt officials who break the law and breach their oaths will be prosecuted and sent to prison, even if they come from within the ranks of federal law enforcement,” Williams said. 

Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Uses Bowling Ball to Rescue Driver from Burning Car

A Border Patrol agent rescued a driver from this burning car. Photo: CBP.

By Steve Neavling

An off-duty Border Patrol agent saved a man from a burning car in metro Detroit using a bowling ball, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Tuesday.

Agent John Leslie was driving on a highway in Farmington Hills when he spotted a car on fire along the side of the road on July 31. Leslie, a trained EMT, rushed to the scene and discovered that the driver was trapped inside the vehicle as flames quickly spread.

With the passenger-side door destroyed in the crash, the agent crawled into the car and opened the rear door, but was unable to pull the driver through the back seat because of the damage.

Finding a bowling ball in the rear seat as the flames intensified, Leslie smashed the driver’s window and pried open the door to free the driver before a small explosion engulfed the car.

“If it weren’t for the bowling ball, I’m not sure how I would have gotten the window smashed to get the guy out,” Leslie said in a statement. “That ball saved his life.”

The agent treated the driver until emergency rescue officials arrived.

“Everyday across America our Border Patrol agents, without regard for their own safety, risk their lives to save others,” Acting Chief Patrol Agent Robert B. Simon said. “I could not be more proud of John and how quickly he jumped in to save this mans life. If he did not react so quickly the outcome would have been very different.”

Leslie was the latest off-duty Border Patrol agent to jump to action during an emergency.

Last weekend, an off-duty agent from the El Centro Sector helped thwart a carjacking in what the agency called a “heroic act.”

Another off-duty agent stopped a man slashing a knife at bystanders in San Diego earlier this month.

Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Stops Man Slashing a Knife at Bystanders in San Diego

An off-duty Border Patrol agent and another law enforcement officer detain a man wielding a knife. Photo: CBP

By Steve Neavling

An off-duty Border Patrol was leaving a restaurant with his girlfriend in downtown San Diego this month when he spotted a man slashing a knife through the air while approaching bystanders. 

The quick-acting agent urged people to retreat and asked his girlfriend to call 911. He pulled out his personally owned firearm and identified himself as a law enforcement officer, but the man ignored him. 

After another off-duty law enforcement officer stepped in to help, the man dropped the knife. The officers detained the man until police arrived. 

“As sworn public servants, Border Patrol agents are never really off-duty,” Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke said in a news release Monday.  “This agent’s actions embody CBP core values – Vigilance, Integrity, and Service to Country.  I am proud of his bravery and composure under pressure.”

No one was injured in the incident.  

FBI Agent Who Investigated Plot to Kidnap Michigan Governor Is Charged with Assault

FBI Agent Richard Trask. Photo: Instagram

By Steve Neavling

An FBI agent who investigated the alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was charged Monday with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder in connection with a domestic incident with his wife Sunday.

FBI Special Agent Richard Trask, 39, of Kalamazoo, is out of jail after posting a $10,000 personal recognizance bond after he was arraigned in 8th District Court in Kalamazoo, The Detroit News reports.

As a condition of his bond, Trask cannot carry a gun. 

If convicted, Trask faces up to 10 years in prison. 

Details of the charges have not yet been released. 

“In accordance with FBI policy, the incident is subject to internal review, and I cannot comment further at this time,” Detroit FBI spokeswoman Mara Schneider said.

Track testified in federal court about the alleged plot to kidnap and kill Whitmer.