Smuggler Shoots at Border Patrol in Texas


A man from South Texas is facing federal charges for allegedly shooting at U.S. Border Patrol agents who attempted to stop him near the border.

The incident happened last week in a brushy area near Progreso, Texas. According to a federal criminal complaint in Brownsville, Texas, Rafael Arriazola faces charges of assaulting a federal officer and transporting illegal migrants.

A group of migrants from Mexico crossed the Rio Grande and got lost in the brush, as revealed by a complaint. After two days, one migrant found a trailer and asked for help. The woman inside called her son Arriazola, who offered to help the migrant reach a relative’s house in Donna. Federal agents allege that Arriazola took a handgun and went with the migrant to find the others.

While searching, U.S. Border Patrol agents spotted and tried to apprehend them. The migrant did not resist, but Arriazola yelled at authorities, threatening them, and began shooting as he fled.

Ildefonso Ortiz
Ildefonso Ortiz
Award-winning journalist covering drugs cartels, public corruption & border issues.

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