HIALEAH, Fla. – The wife of a US Customs and Border Protection Officer shot and killed On Thursday at a gun range in western Miami-Dade she spoke to Local 10 News on Thursday, remembering him as a loving husband and stepfather.
Sources said Jorge Arias, 40, a firearms instructor for the agency, was accidentally shot in the chest during a training exercise at the county-owned Trail Glades Range shortly before 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Miami-Dade police confirmed Thursday that the shooting involved a second officer. Sources told Local 10 News that the shooting took place during a “building search training” and a fellow instructor shot Arias in the chest during a demonstration.
Arias’ wife, Ana Mary Arias, said she and her husband first met at Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School and have been together since 2013, the same year he joined CBP.
In addition to his duties as a firearms instructor, he was assigned to the Miami International Airport.
He said he was also a US Coast Guard reservist and had just been re-enlisted and was also proud of his career in law enforcement.
“He was always there to help anyone who needed him,” said Ana Mary Arias. “Anyone who needed him, family or not, and he was big for his law enforcement family. He came from a small family and always told me he was part of a big family. He’s his law enforcement family. ‘order”.
Ana Mary Arias also described her husband as a father to her two children and an avid gamer. In fact, she said, many people thought she was their biological father.
“I have no words for the loss,” he said. “When you hear people say he was a good guy, believe it.”
As Arias tries to make sense of her beloved husband’s unexpected death, she said she will appreciate the unconditional love he’s always been there to give.
“He was hugging me and saying, ‘Don’t worry baby, we’ll grow old together, we’ll do it,'” she said through tears.
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