A July 2019 shootout at a border wall construction site near San Diego that wounded two Mexican security guards is being investigated by the FBI, The Washington Post reported Saturday.
The Post reported the violence erupted July 1 east of the San Ysidro border crossing, when two Mexican security guards came under fire while protecting materials and equipment for Texas-based contractor Ultimate Concrete.
The incident hadn’t previously been publicly disclosed, the Post noted.
According to the Post, the episode raised questions about use-of-force rules for the Mexican companies hired to protect southern access to worksites where U.S. crews are building President Donald Trump’s border wall.
There were also concerns raised by U.S. Border Patrol agents who encountered Mexican security guards crossing back and forth across the international boundary without authorization.
According to an Army Corps of Engineers report dated July 29, Ultimate Concrete hired the Pinkerton agency to provide security at the job site, but the two men injured in the shooting were working for another Mexico-based firm, NSSP, the Post reported.
NSSP had not been vetted by the Army Corps or Customs and Border Protection to work at the job site, the Post reported.
FBI agents made an unannounced visit to the San Diego area offices of SLS, the primary contractor that hired Ultimate Concrete, on Jan. 22, the Post reported. The FBI also issued a subpoena to Ultimate Concrete owner, Jesse Guzman, the Post reported.
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