DANIA BEACH, Florida. – The FBI is investigating after a federal agent was killed in a high seas shootout in Puerto Rico on Thursday morning.
Authorities said the shooting happened around 8 a.m. when U.S. Customs and Border Protection air and sea operations were about 14 miles off Cabo Rojo, a known drug trafficking corridor.
Investigators say officers found and approached a smuggling vessel, which is when individuals on another vessel began shooting.
ABC News in Puerto Rico reported that three men were arrested after the shooting and a fourth suspect died in the exchange.
According to a news release, one of the CBP officers died in the shooting while the other two were taken to Centro Medico where they are currently being treated for their injuries.
The press release also stated that FBI agent Joseph González of Juan’s field office announced the arrests of Edgardo Luis Matos Santos, Osvaldo Hernandez Camacho and Nelson Rivera Suarez.
The press release says Matos Santos, Hernandez Camacho and Rivera Suárez face multiple charges, including conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine aboard a covered vessel.
CBP spokesperson Jeffrey Quinones released the following statement regarding the officer who was killed:
“Out of respect for the wishes of the family, at this time, US Customs and Border Protection does not publicly release the name of the deceased officer,” Quinones said.
“As law enforcement officers, we all know the risks of our profession, but that doesn’t make the loss of a colleague any less painful,” he added.
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