Oct 11, 2012 1:02 PM

CBP: Shots fired after rocks thrown at border agents in Nogales

TUCSON - A Border Patrol agent apparently shot a person in Nogales late last night after responding to reports of alleged smugglers in the area, Customs and Border Protection officials confirmed.

At about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night, Border Patrol agents responded to reports of two suspected smugglers near West International Street and Hereford Drive in Nogales, according to a news release from CBP. Reports indicate the agents saw the alleged smugglers drop a narcotics load on the U.S. side of the border, then flee back to Mexico.

Subjects at the scene then began assaulting the agents with rocks, the release stated, and ignored the agents' commands to stop. One agent then discharged his firearm, apparently hitting one of the people at the scene, the release stated.

Agents notified the Government of Mexico and secured the scene. The FBI is now investigating the incident, and CBP is cooperating fully, the release stated.

Below is a map showing the approximate location of the shooting scene.


View Nogales Shooting Scene in a larger map

Pictured: A Google Maps Street View image of the approximate location of the scene of the shooting, as seen from the Mexico side of the International Border.


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