American Killed at Border was Attempting to Smuggle in Chinese Nationals.

By Faye Higbee

On Monday night at around 7:43 p.m., an American killed after he refused to comply with Border Patrol Agents at the San Ysidro crossing. After agents yelled “Get out of the vehicle, get out of the vehicle,” the man attempted to drive through the inspection area, then pulled out a gun and began firing at officers. They fired back, fatally wounding him.

The American killed was identified as Travis James Eckstein, 23.  When officials looked inside of his truck, they found two men, 18 and 27, both from China. Neither had “legal status” to be in the United States.

“Their commands were, ‘Get out of the vehicle, get out of the vehicle!’ He wasn’t complying.”  Francisco Valdez (who was directly in front of the suspect.)

Fox reported that the driver tried to ram the back bumper of his [Valdez] car and he got out and looked for cover just before shots rang out.

“A lot of things went through my head; so, I just decided to run,” he told the television station.

In this video you can hear the gunshots fired at Border Patrol Agents. The suspect fired at agents, then exited his vehicle and continued to fire. He was struck and died from his wounds.

The San Ysidro crossing is one of the busiest crossings, and the largest of all the points of entry into the United States. None of the seven CBP agents involved in the shooting were injured. The San Diego Homicide Unit was called to the scene.

“The CBP officers risked their own lives to protect the public from this gunman. Human smuggling is always dangerous. This unfortunate incident demonstrates the total disregard smuggling organizations have for what they consider to be cargo.” Pete Flores, Director of Field Operations


Travis Eckstein’s mother stated,

“We weren’t okay with the choices Travis had made. We refused to enable and fuel his bad behavior, but he is still my son, allow us to grieve.” Donna Kniss , Eckstein’s mother


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