A suspected drug trafficker, who was shot killed in Green Valley Friday as he was fleeing border patrol agents, has been identified.
The suspect, 31-year-old Jose Luis Arambula, of Tucson, fled on foot after a traffic stop and was chased by two agents.
One of the agents, Daniel Marquez, fired multiple shots at Arambula, killing him, according to new information released by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.
The other agent, whose name was not released, did not fire at the suspect, said Deputy Tracy Suitt, spokesman for the sheriff’s department.
The incident began at about 2:30 p.m. Friday, when the two agents, on patrol, attempted to pull over a suspicious vehicle on Interstate 19 near Green Valley, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release. Arambula, the driver, failed to yield to the agent’s emergency lights and sirens and left the interstate.
He drove onto the course at the Torres Blancas Golf Club, 2500 S. Abrego Drive east of Interstate 19, and fled on foot with the two agents in pursuit, according to the sheriff’s department.
It was during the foot chase that Arambula was shot.
After the shooting the vehicle driven by Arambula was searched and agents found 21 bales of marijuana weighing nearly 500 pounds, the sheriff’s department stated.
On April 4, Arambula was arrested “in a similar incident involving drug trafficking and a vehicle pursuit,” according to the sheriff’s department.
The FBI has investigated previous incidents involving the use of deadly force by border patrol agents.
However, the “FBI refused to respond, … border patrol requested we go out and (investigate),” Suitt said.
The investigation is ongoing. The sheriff’s department expects to release additional information Monday afternoon, Suitt said.