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    Four U.S. Border Patrol agents fired upon

    Published: 08.28.2007
    Agents fired upon; in other incidents, four border crossers found dead

    Tucson Citizen

    Four U.S. Border Patrol agents came under fire Sunday night near the Mexican border, authorities said.

    In other incidents, four suspected illegal immigrants have been found dead west and southwest of Tucson since Thursday, authorities said.
    The shooting occurred about 10:30 p.m. as the agents patrolled near Lochiel, about 20 miles east of Nogales, said Santa Cruz County Sheriff Antonio Estrada.

    None of the agents was hit by the gunfire, Estrada said.

    The agents were sent to the area after a sensor sounded an alarm at a Border Patrol station, said Agent Sean King, a Border Patrol spokesman in Tucson.

    When the four agents arrived, King said, they left their vehicles and started walking toward the sensor.

    Three pickups started driving toward the patrol vehicles and parked near them, King said.

    When the agents started back toward their vehicles, someone fired four shots at them, King said.

    The agents took cover and radioed for help, King said. Two Border Patrol helicopters and a special response team in ground vehicles were sent to the scene.

    Before reinforcements arrived three more shots were fired at the four agents.

    Once the other agents and the helicopters arrived, the suspected shooters left the area and the four agents got back to their vehicles while riflemen in the helicopters covered them, King said.

    From Oct. 1 to Aug. 1, the most recent period for which figures are available, there have been 169 assaults on Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona, King said.

    The assaults vary from drug smugglers and people smugglers trying to run over agents, throwing large rocks at them, punching them and shooting at them, King said.

    Some agents have been injured, King said. He had no immediately available figures on how many agents had been hurt in assaults.
    The suspected illegal immigrant deaths, King said, were:

    • Thursday, Border Patrol agents were told by an immigrant that he and his group of 12 wanted to surrender and that a woman in the group had died in the desert near Rio Rico. A 6-year-old girl flagged down an agent sent on the call and told him it was her mother who had died. The agent drove on and the immigrant who had called 911 with the surrender request guided the agent to the woman's body.

    The 6-year-old and a 17-year-old girl in the group were turned over to the Mexican Consulate in Nogales to be returned to relatives and the adults were taken into custody pending their return to Mexico.

    • Friday morning agents acting on a tip from Mexican law officers found the body of another illegal border crosser.

    They were guided by a man who had entered the U.S. illegally and who authorities had returned to Mexico.

    The man was allowed to re-enter the United States under Border Patrol supervision to help agents find the body. With his help agents found the body of a Oaxaca, Mexico man in the desert about 23 miles north of the border near Topawa on the Tohono O'odham Nation. The man was in his early- to mid-20s.

    • Friday night an agent on patrol along Federal Route 21 on the Tohono O'odham Nation, about 13 miles north of Mexico, found the body of a man who appeared in his late 20s. The suspected illegal immigrant carried no identification.

    • Sunday night a man riding a dirt bike through the desert about a mile north of Ryan Airfield called the Pima County Sheriff's Department to report finding a decomposing body in the desert near South Continental and West Snyder Hill roads, said Detective Lt. Michael G. O'Connor.
    The man stayed at the scene and guided deputies to the body, O'Connor said, adding the man, a suspected illegal immigrant, carried no identification. No sign of foul play was found.

    The deaths brings to at least 155 the number of illegal immigrants found dead in southern Arizona's deserts since Oct. 1, the beginning of the federal fiscal year, according to Border Patrol and Tucson Citizen records.

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