On May 23, a young undocumented woman was shot and killed by a border patrol agent in Rio Bravo, Texas. According to a statement provided to mitú by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the agent in question was attempting to apprehend a group of undocumented people when he allegedly was assaulted.
“He came under attack by multiple subjects using blunt objects,” a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson said in a written statement. “The agent fired at least one round from his service issued firearm, fatally wounding one of the assailants. The rest of the group fled the scene. Border Patrol Agents called for EMS and administered first aid until the Rio Bravo Fire Department arrived.”
However, by May 28, CBP had revised their statement to the media. According to Houston Chronicle, CBP changed their statement that the group targeted was throwing blunt objects at the officers. The agency now says the group refused to get down to the ground and rushed them. The young woman killed, Claudia Patricia Gómez González, is now described as “one member of the group” instead of “one of the assailants.”
Witnesses at the scene say the victim was a young girl.
(Rio Bravo,Tx) LIVE in Rio Bravo….Where earlier today at around noon a Border Patrol agent shot an undocumented female age around 16 to 24 in the head with a single gunshot.At this time FBI,Texas Rangers have taken over the case and are investigating the facts to what led the officer to shut and kill this female.
Posted by Lagordiloca News LaredoTx on Wednesday, May 23, 2018
In the video above, a witness named Marta started recording as soon as they heard the shots. She said the young girl was with a couple of men and none of them had any kind of weapon. She also says that they were all visibly scared. By the time the witness came to the scene, the young girl was already dead and had blood all over her.
The woman has been identified as 20-year-old Claudia Patricia Gómez González from Guatemala.
SHE HAS A NAME: unarmed 20 year old, Claudia Patricia Gómez González, from Guatemala, was shot and killed by an ICE agent on Wednesday near Laredo, Texas. pic.twitter.com/mNTgaomOvD
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) May 25, 2018
The witness says that while the border patrol agents were being rude to her, telling her she couldn’t be recording and was destroying evidence in the crime scene, the FBI agents were kind to the people in the surrounding area. The woman also speculates that all of the undocumented people were between the ages of 16 and 24.
She says that the agent told the men, after he had shot the girl, “see what happens.” She also said she only heard one gun shot.
CBP officials claim that three undocumented men were arrested on the scene. The FBI and Texas Rangers are investigating the incident.
According to a study published in the Guardian, the U.S. government paid more than $60 million in settlements between 2005 and 2017 over deaths, injuries and wrongful detentions involving Border Patrol agents.