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Border Patrol Agent Shot, Saved by Vest in Arizona

June 13, 2018  | 

A U.S. Border Patrol agent who was wounded in a shooting in southern Arizona near the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday was attacked by several assailants, one of whom shot him at close range, officials said at a press conference Wednesday. The shooting happened south of the community Arivaca at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The agent was struck several times and apparently returned fire. The agent, a 21-year veteran of the Border Patrol and a trained paramedic, called for help through his car radio and bandaged himself until medical support could reach him, officials said. 

Reports say the agent was hit in the hand, leg, and chest. The chest shots were stopped by his body armor, sources say.

He is in stable condition and is in good spirits, said Chief Patrol Agent Rodolfo Karisch, head of the U.S. Border Patrol in Tucson.

Karisch said Wednesday several people were taken into custody in the area by a specialized tactical unit, but Kasich didn't refer to them as suspects, CBS News reports.

Comments (4)

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Jon Retired LEO @ 6/13/2018 7:46 PM

Agent, your brothers and sisters in law enforcement, active and retired are all very glad that you survived this horrendous attack. We all wish you a very speedy recovery and if you so desire a full return to duty. May the perps be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

kevcopaz @ 6/14/2018 7:12 AM

Just for you no Az folks, the area where this LEO was shot has a small fence with 4 or 6 strands of barbed wire (yes thats it!) all along say a 20 mile canyon. A PERFECT example of an area that needs a real border wall!. This shooting is a direct result of the pro immigration/anti Trump and anti secure border idiots. THEY might as well pulled the trigger. (But we all know they care less about cops)

kojack58 @ 6/15/2018 9:27 AM

They want war we can give them war. Lets mine the border with claymores. I guarantee it would stop a lot of them. I was a watch commander and GTMO and watched Cubans try to cross the minefields. Not pretty.

Skiman94 @ 6/22/2018 12:32 PM

Why were the Cubans trying to cross the minefields? Asylum?

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