The agent was assigned to the Tucson Sector of Arizona and was patrolling an area near Nogales on foot around 7 p.m. Monday when he “attempted to arrest a group of suspected illegal aliens,” said Roy D. Villareal, chief patrol agent for the U.S. Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector, in an early morning post on his Twitter.
“The Agent was stabbed multiple times with a knife by a subject in the group,” Villareal wrote. “The Border Patrol Agent fatally shot his assailant.”
The statement did not include any additional information about the attack, and a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request seeking additional details.
The agent was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries, though his condition was not immediately available.
The FBI and several other agencies are investigating.