Two Border Patrol agents attacked outside of Nogales
ARIZONA DAILY STAR
Two U.S. Border Patrol agents were shot while working east of Nogales early
this afternoon, according to U.S. Border Patrol officials.
The two agents, who have not been identified, were shot in the leg,
according to Jose Garza, a spokesperson for U.S. Border Patrol's Tucson
were shot just after 12:30 p.m. while working in an area about five miles
east of Nogales and less than a mile north of the U.S. Mexico Border.
One of the victims was airlifted to an unspecified level one trauma center,
according to Charles Griffin, another Tucson Sector spokesperson. The other
injured agent was taken by ground to a hospital for treatment. Griffin
to name either agent, or say where they were taken.
Violence against Border Patrol agents has been up dramatically in the past
year, according to Griffin. He said there have been more than four times
shooting assaults against Border Patrol agents by suspected illegal border
crossers in the current fiscal year than during the same period last year.
Griffin said there were a total of 118 of assaults on agents in each of the
previous two fiscal years, which begin October 1 and end on September 30.
"The border has become more violent in the last couple of years. This
year we are 195 through today, 23 of which are shooting, 105 rockings, 30
physical, 33 vehicular assaults and four others, steel pipe etc."
"I think the numbers speak for themselves," said Griffin. "It's an indirect
measure of our success."
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