CALEXICO — The FBI is investigating the shooting of an undocumented immigrant by a U.S. Border Patrol agent Monday.
Mexicali resident Hector Castillo Roman, 30, was shot once by a Border Patrol agent after Roman and other illegal immigrants allegedly assaulted the agent while they were trying to enter the country illegally.
Border Patrol spokesman Manuel Figueroa said the incident occurred about 1 p.m. west of Calexico at the border fence near the All-American Canal.
Figueroa said the incident occurred in an area known to agents to be utilized by smugglers on a daily basis.
What smugglers commonly do is cross the canal in rafts, along with their human cargo. When they reach the U.S. side of the canal they throw rocks or swing oars to try to keep agents from capturing them while immigrants get into a waiting vehicle.