Monday, October 27, 2014



Note: re; AZMEX UPDATE 24-10-14, hearing from usually reliable sources that it was likely a rip crew.
The deceased said to been armed with handgun and wearing body armor.
Might be a second suspect wounded.
Near the casino on I-19 which is believed to be a often used drug transfer location.
Unknown at the moment if it is the perps or the agents who will be investigated.

Posted: Saturday, October 25, 2014 8:36 am
Associated Press |

TUCSON — A U.S. Border Patrol agent shot and killed an armed suspect on Friday about 10 miles south of downtown Tucson, authorities said.

The shooting occurred as two agents conducted a standard surveillance effort known as sign cutting in which agents search for footprints in the desert, said Art del Cueto, president of the Tucson Sector Border Patrol union.

It's unclear how the agents encountered the suspect and companions.
Agents are known to patrol the desert area near the Pascua Yaqui reservation in Pima County.
"Agents recovered multiple weapons and no injuries to the agents involved have been reported," Border Patrol spokeswoman Nicole Ballistrea said.

The shooting took place near residential neighborhoods.

Authorities said the suspect who was killed was a man, but his name wasn't immediately released.
Neither agent was hurt, according to authorities.
Ballistrea said agents continued to search for others who fled the scene.

Officers from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine had just finished a media demonstration in Nogales near the Mariposa Port of Entry when they responded to the shooting.

The FBI was named the lead investigative agency with CBP's internal affairs also looking into the death.


Border agent shoots, kills man southwest of Tucson
Agent-involved shooting by Border Patrol
Perla Trevizo / Arizona Daily Star
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at the scene of a agent-involved shooting on Friday south of Ryan Field west of Tucson.
October 25, 2014 10:30 am • By Perla Trevizo, Carmen Duarte

A Border Patrol agent shot and killed an armed man during a chase southwest of Tucson on Friday morning.

Two agents were after several men in the area of South Vahalla and West Zorro roads when one tried to shoot one of the agents, said Sean Chapman, an attorney who is representing one of the agents.

"One agent fired his weapon in response to being threatened by the man with a side arm," he said. "The other members of the group ran off, and then agents found rifles on the ground in the area."

Chapman said he could not elaborate further.

According to The Associated Press, the shooting "occurred as two agents conducted a standard surveillance effort known as sign cutting, in which agents search for footprints in the desert."

In a prepared statement, Border Patrol Agent Nicole Ballistrea said that at 10:23 a.m. agents assigned to the Tucson Sector reported they were involved in a shooting incident with armed suspects about 10 miles southwest of downtown Tucson.

No agents were wounded, she said.

Customs and Border Protection officials told reporters near the scene they couldn't answer follow-up questions.

Agency officials did not describe the circumstances that led to the shooting, nor did they release information about the man killed.

The agency only said agents found multiple firearms at the site and that the area was searched for additional suspects. Helicopters were seen hovering overhead Friday afternoon.

Paramedics with the Drexel Heights Fire District were dispatched at 10:48 a.m. to be on standby in case medical assistance was needed, said spokeswoman Tracy Koslowski. Paramedics left at about 1 p.m. without having been used, she said.

At one point, Pima County Sheriff's Department used cones and a truck to block off Vahalla Road, at the intersection with Valencia Road, saying CBP had expanded its search area. Later, it was moved back a few blocks to around Zorro Road.

Residential neighborhoods are in the area of the shooting.

The FBI is the lead agency in the shooting inquiry with support from CBP's office of internal affairs.

So far this year, there have been two fatal Border Patrol shootings in the Tucson Sector, one in Cochise County and one in Pima County.

The local sheriff departments were the lead investigative agencies in both cases. The county attorney offices in both instances declined to prosecute the agents involved.


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