SAN ANTONIO – A deportation officer with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement shot himself in the leg during an operation on the South Side of San Antonio Wednesday, according to the agency.
The officer “unintentionally discharged his weapon” during the enforcement action and was taken to a local hospital, ICE spokesperson Shawn Neudauer said in a statement. The officer remained there Wednesday afternoon.
“The primary target of this operation was apprehended at the scene without incident,” Neudauer said in the statement. “He remains in ICE custody.”
The apparent self-inflicted shooting is being investigated by San Antonio police and ICE’s Office of Professional Responsibility, Neudauer said.
Carlos Romo Briana identified the apprehended man as his son, 25-year-old Ricardo Romo Andrade. He told KSAT his son got in his car to go to work when the officers surrounded him.
The father, who is in this country legally, said he heard the agent tell his son to get out of the car or that he would break the window. Romo Briana did not witness the gunshot, but initially feared his son was struck by the bullet.
ICE officials did not confirm the identity of the apprehended man or additional details about the operation.