Border Patrol agent fires at armed militia member

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Border Patrol says an agent shot at someone near the Texas-Mexico border who later identified himself as a militia member.

Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora said that agents pursuing a group of immigrants east of Brownsville on Friday came upon a man holding a long arm near the river. An agent fired multiple shots, but did not hit the armed man. The man then identified himself as a member of a militia.

An unknown number of militia members have come to the Texas border following a surge in illegal immigration.

Zamora said no other details were immediately available.

This month, the Border Patrol warned its agents about militia members after seven of them were initially mistaken for a Texas Department of Public Safety tactical team near Mission.

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