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Published on April 21, 2024
Indiana National Guard Soldier Involved in U.S.-Mexico Border Shooting Incident Under Investigation in El PasoSource: Unsplash/ Diego González

Authorities in Texas are conducting an investigation into a shooting incident at the U.S.-Mexico border that involved an Indiana National Guard soldier stationed under Operation Lone Star. The U.S. Border Patrol reported the incident took place on April 14 near El Paso. The details surrounding the shooting remain unclear, with the current condition of the migrant who was shot unknown.

Operation Lone Star, initiated by Texas Governor Greg Abbott in 2021, aims to enhance border security. This includes support from the Texas Military Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, and National Guard troops from several Republican-led states. The Indiana National Guard soldier in question was one of many deployed to assist Texas's mission, FOX San Antonio reports.

According to the Army Times, the incident began with a National Guard member responding to a situation in which a migrant was allegedly seen attacking another migrant with a knife on the Mexico side of the border wall. The suspect was subsequently shot and fled back to Mexico.

NewsNation first brought the incident to light via a bulletin from the U.S. Border Patrol. It was then that the Texas Department of Safety secured the scene, with two individuals receiving treatment for non-life-threatening injuries. Indiana National Guard officials stated, "We support and care for our soldiers and airmen supporting Operation Lone Star" deferring further comments to the Texas Military Department.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb had previously announced the deployment of 50 Indiana National Guard soldiers in February, marking the continuation of the state's support for federal missions at the border, with 300 Indiana Guardsmen having served between October 2020 and October 2023. The duties of the soldiers currently on assignment, however, remain undisclosed by officials.