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April 30, 2010

Arizona Deputy Shot By Suspected Illegal Alien

Topics: Immigration and Border Issues, Political News and commentaries


NBC affiliate channel 12 News reports:

A Pinal County Sheriff's deputy was shot in the stomach Friday by an undocumented immigrant off Interstate 8, according sheriff's officials.

Lt. Tami Villar told 12 News that the search and rescue deputy was investigating a load of marijuana in the desert and was confronted by five suspects. She also said the wounded deputy is expected to survive.

Deputies believe at least two people were armed with long guns and at least one handgun. The deputy, whose name was not released, was patrolling alone in what is considered a high-traffic drug and human-smuggling corridor.

Villar said the deputy radioed dispatch about 4:30 p.m. to say he had been shot off Interstate 8 and Arizona 84, but he could not be found when authorities arrived at the scene.

The deputy was located more than an hour later and taken to the Casa Grande Medical Center for treatment.

Chanel 12 is live-streaming the news report from over the crime scene.

Update: The AP reports that the deputy was shot with an AK-47.

H/t - Dan Riehl
Image credit - CNN

Posted by Richard at April 30, 2010 9:51 PM

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