U.S. Border Agents Shot, 1 Killed By Narcos Near Puerto Rico

MAYAGUEZ, PUERTO RICO - APRIL 24:  Supervisory U.S. Border Patrol agent Xavier Morales scans the horizon as he rides in the patrol boat April 24, 2004 near Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. A record number of migrants from the Dominican Republic are trying to illegally enter the United States through Puerto Rico. The total number of unlawful migrants attempting to enter Puerto Rico during the 2004 fiscal year is 5,756 as apposed to a total of 3, 477 for all of the 2003 fiscal year. Due to a sagging economy, rising cost of living and high unemployment people are fleeing the Dominican Republic in search of a better life.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Three agents were shot, including one fatality, during the gunfire.
  • The agents were “involved in an exchange of gunfire with individuals on board a suspected smuggling vessel upon approach 14 miles off the coast of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico,” CBP confirmed.
  • Federal agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations were on the scene as agents arrived on the island, and the incident is under investigation.

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