[Ed. – This guy was a U.S. citizen, which is what the news stories are leading with. But does that really matter? He was pretty much certain to be involved in drug trafficking. A lot of innocent people were endangered at this extremely busy border crossing during the gun battle. The outsize influence of crime on the safety conditions at our southern border is a direct result of exactly the lax enforcement and politicization the American voters are complaining about.]
A 23-year-old American man died Monday following a shootout with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, the San Diego Police Department confirmed.
Shots were fired after the man, driving northbound, failed to stop for an inspection at the border crossing located south of San Diego, CBP confirmed. …
A CBP spokesperson said a driver in a white pickup truck attempted to drive through the inspection area at around 7:30 p.m.
“The suspect began firing a gun out of his vehicle towards the officers, then exited his vehicle and continued firing at the officers,” a statement from SDPD Homicide said. “The officers returned fire, striking the suspect.”