Friday, April 30, 2010

shummer60- Wow this really makes me want to give the illegals amnesty. NOT. If the are working, paying taxes, speak english okay.

Pinal County Sheriff's deputy shot in desert confrontation

Apr. 30, 2010 06:37 PM
Republic staff

A Pinal County Sheriff's deputy was shot in
the stomach Friday by a suspected drug
smuggler off Interstate 8, according sheriff's

Lt. Tami Villar told 12 News that the search
and rescue deputy was investigating a load
of marijuana in the desert and was
confronted by five suspects.

Deputies believe at least two people were
armed with long guns and at least one
handgun. The deputy, whose name was not
released, was patrolling alone in what is
considered a high-traffic drug and human-
smuggling corridor.

Villar said the deputy radioed dispatch about
4:30 p.m. to say he had been shot off
Interstate 8 and Arizona 84, but he could not
be found when authorities arrived at the

The deputy was located more than an hour
later and taken to the Casa Grande Regional
Medical Center for treatment. He is expected
to survive.

Authorities are still on the hunt for all five

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
dispatched a helicopter and members of its
SWAT team to Pinal County to assist in the
case, said MCSO Lt. Brian Lee. Lee said at 5:
45 p.m. there were reports over the police
scanner that suspects were shooting at a
police helicopter. Lee did not know which
agency was operating the helicopter.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was
headed to Pinal County to assist in the
investigation, Lee said. About 70 MCSO
employees were responding to the scene.
Lee said most were involved in a crime
suppression sweep in the Maryvale area.

The Border Patrol has sent agents to assist
the Pinal County Sheriff's Office with the
investigation, said Mario Escalante, a Border
Patrol spokesman assigned to the Tucson

The nearest Border Patrol station in the area
is located in Casa Grande.

Shortly after the shooting, Pinal County also
requested assistance from the Arizona
Department of Public Safety, which
responded with two helicopters and a SWAT

Return to for updates.

Staff writers Craig Harris, Allison Hurtado
and Daniel Gonzalez contributed to this


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