By LAURA B. MARTINEZ/The Brownsville Herald
A U.S. Border Patrol agent was forced to fire off his service weapon at several alleged drug smugglers,who threw rocks at him and his fellow agent.
The incident happened around 7 p.m. Monday near the B&M Bridge in Brownsville, said Border Patrol spokeswoman Rosalinda Huey.
The agents were patrolling near the area when they encountered several individuals in the area, who appeared to be carrying bundles of marijuana, authorities said.
When the agents confronted the individuals, they began throwing rocks at them, Huey said.
"One of our agents, in defense of himself and his partner fired his service issued rifle at the subjects. None of our agents were injured," Huey said.
It is unknown if anyone in the group of alleged smugglers was injured. They reportedly fled back to Mexico.
A helicopter was sent to the area to help search for the alleged smugglers, but none were located.
The agents recovered more than 13 pounds of marijuana that had been left behind, Huey said.
An investigation in to the incident continues.