(Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect that police have not confirmed the account offered by the Border Patrol and CBP of their agent’s actions.)
An off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent disarmed a woman who was pointing a gun at customers inside a far east El Paso bar and restaurant over the weekend, an agency spokesman confirmed Monday.
The incident first came to light when the acting commissioner for U.S. Customs and Border Protection tweeted about it on Sunday.
“The agent responded quickly – preventing the gunman from harming anyone,” wrote acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan on Twitter.
El Paso police indicated there was an incident involving a woman with a gun that occurred just before midnight Friday at Union Draft House on Tierra Este Road. The woman was charged by police with two counts of aggravated assault with a weapon and resisting arrest.
The woman pointed a gun at two people and made threats before an off-duty supervisory Border Patrol agent disarmed and detained the woman, a Border Patrol spokesman told ABC-7.
“Whether on or off-duty, USBP agents protect their communities,” Morgan wrote. “I’m extremely proud of the agent’s heroic actions.”
However, police indicated at least one part of Morgan’s social media description was inaccurate, as there were no reports of any gunshots being fired during the incident.
An off-duty Border Patrol agent disarmed a gunman who fired shots inside an El Paso restaurant. The agent responded quickly—preventing the gunman from harming anyone. Whether on or off-duty, USBP agents protect their communities. I’m extremely proud of the agent’s heroic actions! pic.twitter.com/CA0DDr2LlO
— Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan (@CBPMarkMorgan) September 15, 2019