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US Border Patrol agent shoots man near Gila Bend

US Border Patrol agent shoots man near Gila Bend

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, file)

Authorities say a U.S. Border Patrol agent has shot and wounded a man in Arizona, south of Gila Bend.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say Yuma Sector agents responded to “possible bandit activity” near an Arizona 85 checkpoint about 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The agents reportedly came across two armed men about 14 miles southwest of Gila Bend and at least one of the agents fired, hitting one of the armed men.

CBP officials say the wounded man was airlifted to a Phoenix hospital and was in stable condition Wednesday.

They say the other man was an illegal immigrant from Mexico and was arrested. Agents reported finding a handgun and assault rifle at the scene.

It’s the second reported shooting by border agents in Arizona this week.

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