An off-duty Border Patrol agent, who a California Highway Patrol official said was reportedly suicidal during an incident along Interstate 8, has been medically cleared to resume her duties, a spokesman said Tuesday.
The 27-year-old agent who has worked with the Border Patrol’s El Centro Sector for the past three years had undergone an evaluation at the county’s Behavioral Health department following the incident that occurred Sunday afternoon, said Border Patrol Agent Adrian Corona.
The agent’s name was not disclosed but Highway Patrol Lt. Joe Edwards said CHP authorities received a 4 p.m. call that day from Border Patrol officials about a suicidal subject who was about to jump from Devil’s Canyon Bridge.
When Highway Patrol officers arrived it was learned that the woman was close to the edge of the bridge but not actually on it from where she could jump.
There was little Edwards could say about the call but he confirmed that the woman was taken to the county’s Behavioral Health Services.
Corona said he didn’t know if the agent was suicidal or if the incident stemmed from a misunderstanding. Corona said the agent was given a medical clearance by the county.
Staff Writer Silvio J. Panta can be reached at 760-337-3442 or at spanta@ivpressonline. com
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