SIERRA BLANCA, Texas — A man believed to be under the influence of drugs drove through a Border Patrol checkpoint in his vehicle and then opened fire with a gun on authorities before being found dead a short time later of a suspected overdose, a law enforcement official told ABC-7.
The incident happened Tuesday night at the checkpoint along Interstate 10 at Sierra Blanca.
Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West told ABC-7 that after running the checkpoint, the man shot at Border Patrol agents and sheriff’s deputies as he fled in his vehicle. No law enforcement were injured and authorities didn’t return the gunfire, the sheriff said.
Pursuing authorities later found the man dead about five miles east of Sierra Blanca, the sheriff said. He indicated there were no signs that the man took his own life, so investigators suspect he died as a result of consuming a high quantity of unspecified illicit drugs.
U.S. Border Patrol spokespeople couldn’t immediately provide further details about what had unfolded.
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