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Border Patrol shooting in South Texas leaves one person dead

An incident involving Border Patrol agents from Starr County, in Texas, ended up with one fatality early Wednesday morning. 

In a news release, Sheriff's Major Carlos Delgado said the deceased is an alleged drug smuggler who was running away from the authorities after confiscating a load.

“As the agents secured the narcotics load, one agent searching the area for smugglers came under fire. The agent returned fire striking one subject,” the release read.

According to Valley Central, Border Patrol agents had apprehended four smugglers and were following a fifth man when the fire exchange took place.

The alleged smuggler, whose name has not been released, was shot several times and died soon afterward at the Starr County Hospital.

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The incident happened at about 2 a.m. near the small community of Chapeño, Texas, west of Roma.

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