No, There Was No ‘Gun Battle’ at the Border

Despite misleading headlines found across the Internet–including Fox News–there was no gun battle with an armed person at the border

Arturo Dominguez

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Screenshot of National Border Patrol Council president Brandon Judd on Fox News lying about a ‘gun battle’ that never occurred

A shoot-out typically means a gun battle occurred. A gun battle tells us that dueling parties fired multiple rounds at each other. A recent incident at the US-Mexico border is being billed as if an exchange of gunfire took place. The truth is, that only a single shot was fired by a US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer using a sniper rifle from a great distance away.

On March 3, 2024, U.S. Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) Border Patrol agents were conducting operations in the Puebla Tree area of the Otay Mountains, approximately five miles east of the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. BORTAC was actively monitoring this area — where there is a paved road winding through the mountains — because of recent reports of armed robberies and assaults targeting groups of migrants crossing into the United States. A small group of BORTAC agents was concealed approximately 70 yards north of the border along a ravine near the paved road. Additional BORTAC agents, including a precision marksman, were positioned on high ground approximately 275 yards away, providing overwatch of the area.

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Arturo Dominguez

Journalist covering Congress, Racial Justice, Human Rights, Cuba, Texas | Editor: The Antagonist Magazine |