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Border Patrol agents shoot man suspected of hitting agent with rock and stealing his ATV

Border patrol vehicles parked on a levy near the Rio Grande, where they constantly patrol for people illegally crossing into the U.S. from Mexico, on June 25, 2018. Border Patrol agents shot a 19-year-old man who is suspected of hitting another agent with a rock and then stealing his all-terrain vehicle, prompting a brief chase early Sunday. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Border Patrol agents shot a 19-year-old man who is suspected of hitting another agent with a rock and then stealing his all-terrain vehicle, prompting a brief chase early Sunday in the Tijuana River Valley north of the U.S.-Mexico border.

San Diego homicide detectives, who are handling the investigation, said the incident happened near Monument Road and Saturn Boulevard — an area often referred to as Spooner’s Mesa — about 2:35 a.m.

An agent was patrolling the area when he came across a man and tried to make contact with him, San Diego homicide Lt. Matt Dobbs said. A fight ensued, in which the man is suspected of hitting the agent with a rock and knocking him off his ATV.

The suspect then stole the ATV and was quickly pursued by other agents in the area before crashing into a fence, Dobbs said.

During the incident, two Border Patrol agents fired at the man, hitting him at least once. He was taken to a hospital with injuries that weren’t believed to be life-threatening, Dobbs said.

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The lieutenant did not say when the shooting occurred.

No agents were seriously hurt.

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© 2018 The San Diego Union-Tribune

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