Man fatally shot by BP agent identified
Guatemalan man attacked agent, officials said
Guatemalan authorities have identified the man shot and killed Tuesday by a Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent near Sells.
Byron Neftali Sosa Orellana, 28, of Rio Hondo-Zacapa, Guatemala, was shot by an agent while traveling with seven other Guatemalans who had all entered the country illegally, said officials at the Guatemala Consulate General in Arizona on Friday.
The Guatemalan officials said they were told by U.S. authorities that Sosa attacked an agent and a Border Patrol canine and he was shot once in the chest when he tried to grab an agent’s baton.
The incident occurred about 8 p.m. while Sosa was assaulting an agent, Border Patrol spokesman Brent Cagen said in a statement Wednesday.
The incident happened on S.R. 86 on the Tohono O'odham Nation, said Matt Smith, a spokesman for the tribe.
He was pronounced dead at the scene, Smith said.
“CBP regrets the loss of life and will fully cooperate with the investigation led by the Tohono O'odham Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” Wednesday’s Border Patrol statement said.
FBI Special Agent Manuel Johnson and Cagen could give no further information about the incident as the investigation is ongoing, they said.
Johnson said the FBI is working with the Tohono O'odham Police Department on the investigation.
A Border Patrol agent fired his weapon near Hereford on Oct. 17 after an alleged attempted assault on the agent. No one was injured in that incident.