Border agent shoots man near Gila Bend

2012-12-05T14:47:00Z 2012-12-05T17:05:21Z Border agent shoots man near Gila BendTim Steller, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A U.S. Border Patrol agent shot and injured a man Tuesday evening south of Gila Bend.

It was the latest in a series of shootings by border agents in Arizona — the second this week and fourth since Oct. 2.

In this case, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported, Yuma Sector agents responded to possible bandit activity near a checkpoint on Arizona 85.

The agents came across two armed men about 14 miles southwest of Gila Bend, and at least one of the agents fired, hitting one of the armed men, the agency said in a news release.

That man was airlifted to a Phoenix hospital and is in stable condition; the other man, a Mexican national illegally in the country, was arrested. Agents found a handgun and assault rifle at the scene, the news release said.

The FBI is investigating.

On Sunday at mid-day, an agent working in the southern Baboquivari Mountains on the Tohono O’odham Nation shot and killed a man whom the agency described as getting into an altercation with the agent.

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