CALEXICO — A man allegedly hijacked vehicles and exchanged gunfire with police on both sides of the border Thursday before being arrested by Mexican authorities.
No injuries were sustained on the United States side of the border, but it is understood that a Mexican bus driver had fairly serious injuries, Calexico Police Chief Jim Neujahr said.
Mexicali-based newspaper La Cronica identified the bus driver as José Ramón Gómez García.
Initial reports stated there were two suspects in a stolen vehicle, but there was actually one, Uriarte said.
The suspect, identified as José Alfonso Carrillo Pérez, 33, in La Cronica, is thought to be from Brawley, Calexico police Sgt. Frank Uriarte said.
Shortly before 5 p.m., California Highway Patrol received a call from a carjacking victim on McCabe Road, Uriarte said.
Border Patrol agents then spotted the vehicle on a road just north of the border and west of Calexico near Mt. Signal Road, said Adrian Corona, Border Patrol El Centro sector spokesman.
Agents approached the vehicle, and a chase ensued down Highway 111 where Calexico police joined in pursuit.
The car weaved through oncoming traffic, and four Calexico police units tried to clear the roadway so the vehicle wouldn’t crash into anything, Neujahr said.
The car then headed through the downtown Calexico Port of Entry and the driver tried to run over a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer, who fired three shots at the vehicle, Uriarte said.
While the case is still under investigation, it appears Pérez returned fire, Neujahr said.
After crossing the border, the car was abandoned, and a bus with at least 15 passengers was hijacked, according to La Cronica.
Passengers apparently tried to climb out of the bus as it was moving, Neujahr said. The bus then crashed into Mexican police cars.
An exchange of gunfire erupted between the man and Mexican authorities. The suspect eventually exited the bus with his hands in the air and surrendered, according to La Cronica.
The man is expected to be extradited to the United States.
In Friday’s edition of the Imperial Valley Press, Calexico police initially reported two people were arrested in the case and no other information was provided at that time.