Thursday, April 21, 2016

FBI, Customs to investigate shooting on Arizona-Mexico border

An 18-year-old suspected drug smuggler wasn’t injured when a U.S. Border Patrol agent fired two shots at him during an encounter Tuesday in the southern Arizona desert. The FBI and a Customs and Border Protection internal review board are investigating the shooting that took place on Tohono O’odham Nation land about 75 miles southwest of Tucson. Tucson Sector spokesman Matthew Eisenhauer said the encounter unfolded shortly after 4 p.m., when agents who had been tracking a trio of smugglers carrying marijuana bundles attempted to make an arrest. One of the smugglers, an 18-year-old Honduran who has been previously deported, ran away and was chased by an agent. The suspect stopped, picked up rocks from the ground and threw them at the agent while making verbal threats, Eisenhauer said. The Border Patrol has not named the man or the agent. The agent is a 12-year veteran who has been placed on standard administrative leave...more

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