In the California mountain range Border Patrol agents were fired upon from the Mexico side of the Southern border while trying to apprehend individuals who were coming into the United States illegally.

The incident occurred on August 9th around 9 pm when Border Patrol agents were the target of multiple shots fired from Mexico near Otay Mountain located in San Diego County. A multitude of bullets came flying at agents as they were apprehending illegal immigrants 2 miles east of the Otay Mesa Gatehouse which was 250 yards from the international border.


Agents heard the gunfire while they were moving towards their vehicles and immediately told the immigrants to take cover behind the bushes. The agents also sought shelter from the gunfire. Marine Air Operations and the tactical unit (BORTAC) immediately responded to the situation, but were unable to locate the individuals who were firing upon the Border Patrol Agents.

The International Liaison Unit requested assistance from Mexico Authorities who responded to the area, but they were unable to locate the individuals according to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. Residents in the area reported seeing men flee in a pickup truck and a motorcycle but no other information was given.

“Border violence is a serious threat to public safety, and to border agents responsible for national security. This incident is another example of the dangers our officers face every day. We are taking this event very seriously.” – San Diego Sector Border Patrol Chief Aaron Heitke


The incident is currently under investigation and patrolling in the area has increased. The incident occurred three days after a shooting was reported by Border Patrol Agents in El Paso Texas. Illegal crossing into the United States has reached the highest it’s been in 21 years with 213,000 migrants stopped in July. That number is close to three times as many found between the ports of entry at the southern border when Biden took office in January.

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This piece was written by Zach Heilman on August 15, 2021. It originally appeared in and is used by permission.

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