A 37-year-old Orange County man was shot and killed by a U. S. Customs agent at the San Ysidro border crossing Monday after he charged at the agent with a knife, a spokesman for the agency said.
The man, who was not identified pending notification of his family, was shot twice in the chest after behaving erratically and brandishing a knife in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near the border crossing at about 12:20 p.m., spokesman John Miller said.
Miller said witnesses reported that the man had been bleeding, perhaps from self-inflicted wounds.
San Diego police spokesman Bill Robinson said the man had been brandishing a knife on the Tijuana side of the border earlier and had attempted to stab a Mexican police officer. The officer was not hurt, Robinson said, as the knife struck a metal object in his jacket.
The man had also tried to assault freeway motorists with a crowbar and had been running across all the traffic lanes, Robinson said.