UPDATE: Janet Napolitano has issued a statement regarding the shooting of two agents being shot after stopping at a military checkpoint in the state of San Luis Potosi. The pair were driving between Mexico City and Monterrey. The extreme violence among members of competing drug cartels within Mexico are rarely targeted toward US officials.
One agent was critically wounded in this attack and died from his injuries. The second agent was shot in the arm and leg and remains in stable condition.
The The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said it was working with the state department, US law enforcement and Mexican authorities to investigate the shooting.
Original: According to a statement just released by Homeland Security, two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were shot today in Mexico in the line of duty. The statement read as follows:
“Earlier this afternoon, two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents assigned to the ICE Attaché office in Mexico City were shot in the line of duty while driving between Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico, by unknown assailants. ICE is working with the U.S. State Department, Mexican authorities and other U.S. law enforcement partners to investigate the shooting. Our thoughts and prayers are with our colleagues.”
The Mexican President’s Office and Mexican immigration officials have no comment and have no information on the incident.
The story is just developing and we will be providing updates as they happen.