San Diego, California - An off-duty U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) agent apprehended a man on July 19 who was charging towards civilians with a large fixed-blade knife.

The incident occurred at approximately 7:30 p.m. when a USBP agent and his girlfriend left a restaurant in downtown San Diego.  As he did so, he observed a man who was slashing a knife through the air and advancing toward bystanders.

The agent quickly instructed everyone to clear the area and asked his girlfriend to notify 9-1-1.  The agent then drew a personally owned firearm and identified himself as a law enforcement officer.  Instructing the man to drop his knife, the man ignored the agent’s request.

Another off-duty law enforcement officer observed the situation and stepped in to assist the agent.  With an agent and officer now present, the man complied with instructions, dropping his knife.  The agent and officer detained the man until San Diego Police officers arrived and took custody.

“As sworn public servants, Border Patrol agents are never really off-duty,” said Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke.  “This agent’s actions embody CBP core values – Vigilance, Integrity, and Service to Country.  I am proud of his bravery and composure under pressure.”

To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders.  To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.