The Mexican national accused of killing a Buckeye (Ariz.) Police officer at a Phoenix-area swap meet had mistakenly been classified as a U.S. citizen by California corrections officials.

Cesar Tomas Quiroz-Leon, 27, was transferred to Arizona in 2009 after completing prison time in California, ICE officials report. He was a legal resident who should have been deported after serving time for a felony.

Quiroz-Leon is suspected of shooting Buckeye officers Christopher Paz and Rolando Tirado (who died from his wounds) at the El Gran Mercado swap meet in Phoenix early May 1.

Source: KPHO

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