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Border Patrol officer shoots at suspected drug smuggler in Campo

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CAMPO (CNS) - A U.S. Border Patrol agent opened fire Wednesday on an alleged drug smuggler, leaving him with non-life-threatening injuries, when the suspect steered a vehicle directly toward him on a rural East County road just north of Mexico, authorities reported.

The suspect was driving one of two northbound vehicles that USBP personnel encountered near the international line in Campo about 6:45 a.m., sheriff's Lt. Glenn Giannantonio said.

Within moments, one of the vehicles doubled back and stopped next to the border fence, where several people jumped out and fled into Baja California.

The driver of the other vehicle, meanwhile, stopped on the side of the road, according to Giannantonio. The agents pulled over and were exiting their cruiser when the suspect suddenly pulled a U-turn and accelerated toward one of them, the lieutenant alleged.

Fearing for his life, the officer fired on the vehicle, shattering one of its windows, Giannantonio said. The driver then pulled to a stop a short distance away and was arrested.

The suspect, whose name was not released, was taken to a hospital for treatment of cuts he'd suffered from flying glass shards. He was then released to the custody of the Border Patrol.

The agents were uninjured.

Each of the suspect vehicles was found to contain "a large quantity" of what was believed to be illicit narcotics, Giannantonio said. Officials did not disclose what type of drugs the contraband appeared to be.

Sheriff's homicide detectives were called in to investigate, as is standard in cases of officer-involved shootings in unincorporated areas in San Diego County.

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