An unidentified man shot by a U.S. Border Patrol agent was at UC San Diego Medical Center Monday night undergoing surgery for wounds that were “not life-threatening,” authorities said.
The man was shot after he lunged at the agent with an 8-inch knife, police said.
San Diego police spokesman Bill Becker said Border Patrol Agent Abel Monzon attempted to contact the man about 4:15 p.m. as he was walking north on Hollister Street near Monument Road in the border area.
As Monzon approached, the man pulled a knife and lunged forward, Becker said. The agent then backed away and called for help on his portable radio. When the man lunged again, the agent drew his revolver and fired a single shot, Becker said. The bullet struck the man in the right wrist and side, exiting from his back, Becker said.
Becker said the man was taken to UCSD Medical Center.
UCSD Nursing Supervisor Jane Swett said Monday night that the man was undergoing surgery, but she had no information about his condition.
Becker said police homicide detectives were investigating the shooting. A Border Patrol spokesman declined to comment.