Customs officer shoots, kills driver at port of entry on U.S.-Mexico border

Posted at 5:27 AM, Feb 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-08 08:39:54-05

The mayor of Nogales, Arizona, said a major port of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border was temporarily closed to traffic heading into Mexico after a customs officer shot and killed a southbound driver who refused to stop.

Mayor Arturo Garino said he was told by city officials that the shooting took place after the truck apparently tried to run over the officer Thursday night at the DeConcini Port of Entry, reports CBS News Tucson, Arizona affiliate KOLD-TV.

The truck’s momentum then carried it onto the Mexican side of the buffer zone between the two countries.

Officers of the Mexican equivalent of U.S. Customs and Border Protection reportedly surrounded the truck and discovered the driver dead.

Mexican authorities told the Nogales International newspaper that two men were in the truck and the passenger was arrested.