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Jan 17, 2014 2:38 PM by Faye DeHoff

Border patrol agent shoots, kills man after struggle

COCHISE COUNTY - A U.S. Border Patrol Agent has shot and killed an illegal immigrant after a struggle, according to the Cochise County Sheriff's Office.

Last night around 9 p.m. border agents were tracking a group of illegal immigrants on foot near Apache on Highway 80. They took two of them into custody without incident. A third one fled the area and was located hiding under a mesquite bush.

He reportedly struggled with the agent for several minutes and attempted to get the agent's weapon before the agent, fearing for his personal safety, pulled his handgun and fired at the suspect. The suspect was struck in the upper body area and died at the scene.

The body of the suspect was taken to the Pima County Medical Examiners' Office for an autopsy and possible identification. The Mexican Consulate was notified of this incident and will be assisting as needed in this investigation, which is being continued by the Cochise County Sheriff's Office.

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