Border Patrol Agent Shot Where Ranchers Live In Fear Of Immigrant, Drug Violence

Judicial Watch Verdict, August 2018

The shooting of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in early June occurred in the same southern Arizona region where Judicial Watch recently met with residents and ranchers terrorized
by drug and human smugglers gushing in from Mexico. The federal agent was shot multiple times at around 4:30 a.m. while investigating sensor activity on foot in a remote part of Arivaca, according to a Border Patrol announcement. The agent, a 21-year veteran, was attacked by an
“unknown number of assailants, one of whom fired several shots at the agent in close proximity,” the agency states, adding that the officer was struck several times. The ambush occurred on a remote portion of a cattle ranch situated near the Mexican border that is often
used as a passageway by immigrants and drug smugglers. The owner of the 50,000-acre property, Jim Chilton, told a local newspaper that he has seen increased traffic in the area
during the last couple of months and that the nearby mountains have cartel scouts guiding drug packers and smugglers making their way into the U.S. Chilton told a national newswire that the Border Patrol sent him an electronic mail saying the veteran federal agent was alone on his ranch when he was shot in the leg and hand. Several bullets also struck the agent’s protective vest, Chilton said…read more