A U.S. Border Patrol agent shot and injured a man Tuesday evening south of Gila Bend.
was the latest in a series of shootings by border agents in Arizona -
the second this week, the fourth since Oct. 2 and at least the ninth
since January 2010.
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
That man was flown 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 an assault rifle at
the scene, the news release said.
The FBI is investigating.
Sunday at midday, 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.
Mexican consular officials nor the Pima County Medical Examiner's
Office knew the identities of either man shot in this week's incidents.