Border Patrol agents shoot man suspected of hitting agent with rock and stealing his ATV

Border Patrol agents shot a 19-year-old man who is suspected of hitting another agent with a rock and then stealing his all-terrain vehicle, prompting a brief chase early Sunday in the Tijuana River Valley north of the U.S.-Mexico border.

San Diego homicide detectives, who are handling the investigation, said the incident happened near Monument Road and Saturn Boulevard — an area often referred to as Spooner’s Mesa — about 2:35 a.m.

An agent was patrolling the area when he came across a man and tried to make contact with him, San Diego homicide Lt. Matt Dobbs said. A fight ensued, in which the man is suspected of hitting the agent with a rock and knocking him off his ATV.


The suspect then stole the ATV and was quickly pursued by other agents in the area before crashing into a fence, Dobbs said.

During the incident, two Border Patrol agents fired at the man, hitting him at least once. He was taken to a hospital with injuries that weren’t believed to be life-threatening, Dobbs said.

The lieutenant did not say when the shooting occurred.

No agents were seriously hurt.

Anyone with information about what happened was asked to call detectives at (619) 521-2293 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at (888) 580-8477.

Winkley writes for the San Diego Union-Tribune.