A U.S. Border Patrol agent assigned to the Eagle Pass South Station was assaulted during enforcement operations late Monday night.

“Our agents were viciously assaulted while they were diligently carrying out their sworn law enforcement duties,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez. “This incident is an example of the threats faced by Border Patrol agents as they work to secure our borders.”

The incident occurred after agents were tracking a group of suspected illegal aliens near Eagle Pass. After agents apprehended one member of the group, the others ran from the arresting agents and jumped into the Rio Grande River. While in the river, these individuals began to throw rocks, striking one agent in the face.

The agent suffered minor bruising and did not require medical treatment beyond first aid on the scene. The assailants crossed the river and absconded to Mexico.

The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity call the Del Rio Sector’s toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.

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