BRACKETTVILLE, Tx. (WCJB)-- A Border Patrol agent was shot in Texas over the weekend while conducting a traffic stop near the U.S.-Mexico border, authorities said. The suspect was shot and killed by the agent's partner soon after.
The incident unfolded on Friday night when two Border Patrol agents and a deputy with the Kinney County Sheriff's Department pulled over a vehicle near Brackettville, Texas, where the two U.S. agents were based.
The traffic stop turned deadly when a passenger in the vehicle opened fired on the agents, wounding one of them. The agent's partner returned fire, hitting the gunman and killing him on the scene. There were no other injuries reported.
The area is frequently used by smugglers to move drugs and people from the border to San Antonio and surrounding areas, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.