After being shot by ICE agent, undocumented immigrant no longer in custody

Posted at 12:02 PM, Sep 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-06 18:35:13-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — An undocumented immigrant who surrendered to the FBI after an immigration agent tried to arrest him is no longer in custody.

The FBI confirmed Friday morning that he’s not in custody at this time. Neither their agency nor the Department of Homeland Security plan on releasing his name.

According to the undocumented immigrant's attorney, the man was released from the hospital this morning and is expected to make a full recovery. He has three kids, aged 7, 8, and 13 years old, who are all US citizens.

The attorney said he couldn't comment on where his client was at this time.

NewsChannel 5 has also learned that the two ICE agents involved in Thursday's shooting were the same agents involved in a standoff with an undocumented immigrant in Hermitage in July.

The incident began Thursday morning when ICE tried to pull him over during a traffic stop. Bryan Cox of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the man tried to flee in a white box truck and drove towards the agent. The agent fired two rounds during the incident.

Read more: ICE officer fires shots in Antioch grocery store parking lot while trying to make arrest

FBI officials said he was injured in the shooting. They took him into custody after he surrendered. He received medical treatment at a Nashville hospital.

Cox said the 39-year-old Mexican national is in the country illegally. He allegedly had been deported from the U.S. multiple times. ICE officials said he has multiple prior convictions in Davidson County, some of which are violent offenses.

Metro Nashville police say, though, they're not aware of any warrants for the undocumented immigrant. "We are not aware of any criminal warrant for the individual and, consequently, are not seeking him in any way other than to ensure that he is medically ok. The MNPD is not involved in the shooting investigation."

Nashville Mayor David Briley released the following statement:

"The federal government’s inability to arrive at comprehensive immigration reform results in situations like what happened in Antioch this morning. This is exactly what we don’t want happening in our city. MNPD is no longer involved and has turned the scene over to the FBI.

MNPD is currently looking for the victim of this shooting so that he may receive any needed medical assistance. My top priority remains the safety and well-being of all of the residents of Nashville."

Following the incident, community organizers came together for a meeting to remind immigrants of all nationalities of their rights.

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