Border Patrol agent killed, another wounded in Arizona

PHOENIX Tue Oct 2, 2012 12:47pm EDT

A U.S. Border vehicle drives along the U.S. and Mexico border fence in Naco, Arizona, in this September 7, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Joshua Lott/Files

A U.S. Border vehicle drives along the U.S. and Mexico border fence in Naco, Arizona, in this September 7, 2011 file photo.

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PHOENIX (Reuters) - A U.S. Border Patrol agent was shot dead and another wounded while on patrol on Tuesday in a drug smuggling corridor in Arizona, near the border with Mexico, authorities said.

Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene in Naco, southeast of Tucson, at 1:33 a.m. local time (4:33 a.m. EDT/0833 GMT) by the Border Patrol following reports that one of its agents had been shot, Cochise County Sheriff's spokeswoman Carol Capas said.

Deputies found one dead agent and another with non-life-threatening injuries, Capas said.

"As they were walking up the trail, they reported taking gunfire," Capas said. "We have unknown suspect or suspects at this point."

FBI agents are investigating the shooting, authorities said. Officials did not identify the deceased agent, pending notification of the agent's family.

Despite the construction of a tall, steel fence along the border with Mexico, the town of Naco remains a corridor for marijuana trafficking and human smuggling.

Capas said the agents were assigned to the Brian A. Terry Border Patrol Station, named last month after the agent whose murder in the line of duty was linked to a botched U.S. operation to track guns smuggled to Mexico.

(Reporting by David Schwartz and Daniel Trotta; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Stacey Joyce)

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Comments (13)
Overcast451 wrote:
You’ll hear more and more about ‘guns on the border problem’ until the anti-gun lobby gets it’s way with more restrictive gun laws.

But the thing is; maybe short of these ‘on the border’ shootings – pretty much all of the horrible shootings you hear about; always happen at a place where people are *expected to be unarmed*: Churches, Schools, Offices…

How many shootings you hear about at target ranges, gun/knife shows, NRA meetings, and police conventions? Pretty much none…

Doesn’t that say something real clearly? But heck, it would almost be comical to see someone try and open fire at a gun & knife show or police convention – you’d have to scrape the fool who tries to start it up with a shovel.

Oct 02, 2012 10:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
usa.wi.vet.4q wrote:
Nice work protecting our borders and agents. Hats off to another shining example from the US government. Even in the Army I had better security, but of course I was not in the US. Oh well at least our failing government can’t be called racist?

Oct 02, 2012 10:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Harry079 wrote:
Prayers for the agents families. Hopefully the wounded agent will fully recover.

Well here we go again.

Sad just plain sad.

Oct 02, 2012 10:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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