A Benson man is in custody Wednesday morning after he fired at federal agents as they attempted to serve a search warrant at a local residence as part of an ongoing criminal investigation.
“This morning, as special agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) were serving a federal search warrant at a residence in Benson, they were met with gun fire,” according to ICE-HSI spokeswoman Yasmeen Pitts O’Keefe. “The suspect sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital.”
Benson Police Dept., via its facebook page, reiterated HSI’s account of the incident.
Several shots were fired in the northwest corner of the Butterfield RV Resort, according to one couple staying at the RV Park. At least nine bullet holes were visible on the later model motorhome where the shooting occurred.
“I heard the shots, a lot of them,” said one lady who did not want to be identified. “I was awake and first I heard yelling, then the shots… a lot of them. I saw them take him away.” Her husband said the 8:30 a.m. incident awakened him.
Benson Police Department will conduct the probe.
The suspect's name is expected to be released later today, along with information on why federal authorities had him under investigation.
A heavy law enforcement presence remains and the crime scene is cordoned off with police tape. Away from the area it was business as usual for park residents who visited, enjoyed the sunshine while others cleaned their RVs.