Update October 23, 2015 @ 11:04
CALEXICO – A 35-year-old Mexican national man, was shot and killed Wednesday morning after allegedly attacking a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer with a knife at the Calexico West Port of Entry.
Federal authorities identified the man as Miguel Angel Marin Galeana from Guerrero, Mexico.
The incident happened at approximately 12:00 a.m. when the officer on duty at the Sentri-designated vehicle inspection lane was approached by Galeana on a bicycle attempting to cross from Mexicali to the U.S.
With showing no intentions of stopping, Galeana approached the primary booth on his bike. The officer stopped the bike’s forward movement by reaching and securing Galeana left forearm, at which point Galeana dismounted and brandished what was determined to be an eight-inch knife. The officer drew his weapon while stepping back in an attempt to create a safe distance from the man. Galeana raised his knife and aggressively moved toward the officer. The office discharged his weapon a total of four times of which all four bullets struck him, who then fell to the ground.
Officers immediately responded to secure the scene and provided emergency medical aid until emergency medical service personnel arrived. EMS continued medical aid and transported Galeana to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 12:38 a.m.
According to Pete Flores, Director of Field Operations the officer appeared to have been following the proper protocol.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General, the Calexico Police Department and the CBP are investigating the incident. The criminal investigation will be conducted by the Calexico’s Police Department.
“The standard criminal investigation can take anywhere from 30-90 days. We have the support of the border patrol who have a very highly technical professional crime scene unit which responded for the Calexico Police Department, in addition to running it through the District Attorney’s Office in Imperial County,” said Michael Bostic, Calexico Chief of Police. “There is no specific timeline; it depends on how long the investigation takes to collect all of the evidence and present it to the District Attorney’s Office.”
The Mexican Consul General in Calexico was informed of the incident and did not comment on the incident.
The officer involved sustained no injuries and was placed on administrative leave as standard policy. The officer entered duty in February 2008.
“A shooting is a very traumatic event for any law enforcement officer. Taking another human’s life is the last thing that we want to do,” said Flores.
According to John Campos, CBP Public Affairs, a similar incident happened in April 1997.