American killed in border shootout was attempting to smuggle in Chinese nationals

American killed in border shootout was attempting to smuggle in Chinese nationals
Travis James Eckstein (Image via Facebook)

[Ed. – It’s a relief to hear that no CBP officers were hurt in the operation.]

The American man killed at the border in a shootout with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers Monday night was attempting to smuggle in two Chinese nationals, officials said Wednesday.

San Diego Police identified the person killed in the San Ysidro Port of Entry shooting as 23-year-old Travis James Eckstein.

Officials said Eckstein, a U.S. citizen, “fired multiple gunshots” at border agents at around 7:30 p.m. Monday in an attempt to evade inspection and was killed during the exchange with CBP officers.

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When officials went to look inside Eckstein’s truck, they discovered two people “secreted” inside the rear of the vehicle. The two were identified as Chinese nationals, both men, ages 18 and 27. Neither person had legal status to enter the U.S., CBP said.

“The CBP officers risked their own lives to protect the public from this gunman,” Pete Flores, Director of Field Operations, said in a statement.

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