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It started as an assault on a Border Patrol agent," said Special Agent Andrea Simmons, a spokeswoman for the FBI in El Paso. The FBI is the lead agency in the case because it investigates assaults on federal agents.
About 6:45 p.m., a Border Patrol agent was attacked before he fired his weapon, Simmons said.
Simmons said it had not been determined how many agents were involved in the confrontation nor how many attackers and whether they were armed or not.