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Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 3:58pm
El Paso, TX (KDBC) — U.S. Border Patrol has confirmed that the four men they arrested last week after they found someone shot by the Tornillo port of entry, were Chihuahua State Police officers, who had accidentally crossed into the U.S. from Mexico.
On June 5th, Border Patrol agents were patrolling the area near the Tornillo port of entry when they noticed a man crossing illegally into the U.S. from Mexico through the river at about 6:50p.m.
When the agents approached the man, they noticed he had been shot in the leg, and they immediately performed first aid and called paramedics to take him to a hospital in El Paso.
Border Patrol was not involved in the shooting and believe the man was shot in Mexico. The victim was released from the hospital the next day. Agents determined he is a U.S. citizen but don't know how or why he was shot.
A spokesperson for Border Patrol says the four Chihuahua State Police officers were looking for the victim the night he was shot when they inadvertently crossed into the U.S.
Agents arrested them and took them into custody to be processed.
An investigation determined the officers had crossed accidentally and hadn't committed a crime, so they were released from U.S. custody after a couple of days and sent back to Mexico.