Arizona Deputy Wounded In Desert Shootout Found

PHOENIX -- After a frantic hour-long desert search, authorities found a deputy injured in a shootout Friday with suspected illegal immigrants apparently hauling bales of marijuana along a major smuggling corridor in southern Arizona.

The Pinal County sheriff's office says the deputy was shot with an AK-47 on Friday afternoon and suffered a superficial wound -- a chunk of skin torn from just above his left kidney.

He was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Casa Grande, about 40 miles south of Phoenix.

The agency says the deputy was doing smuggling interdiction work and found bales of marijuana in the desert.

He then encountered five suspected illegal immigrants, two armed with rifles, and was shot.

The deputy was alone about halfway between Phoenix and Tucson.

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  • by roy on May 2, 2010 at 02:37 PM
    Norman, the deputy wasn't killed, he was wounded. WetBack 4 life: How does the Mexican Gov treat illegal immigrants/American tourists in Mexico? They beat, jail, rob and kill them on a regular basis. No one wants to live next door to a single wide trailer with chickens and pigs and goats in the yard and a broken down car up on blocks with Mariachi music playing. Get on your donkey and go back to Mexico.
  • by Granny Location: Washington County on May 2, 2010 at 01:21 PM
    "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" I say let's set another Ellis Island on the borders. That seemed to work fine the first time, except for a few name changes.
  • by Mexican 4 life on May 2, 2010 at 12:30 PM
    We did ok the first 270 years w/o u. And if Mexicans add so much to America then why can't they fix MEXICO?
  • by James Location: New Bern on May 2, 2010 at 12:17 PM
    mexican 4 life on May 2, 2010 at 12:02 PM If mexico and it's citizens were so great as you claim... Americans would be trying to cross into mexico, not the other way around. Your society is out of control and ours is headed that way with our past few administrations, illegal immigrants, taxes, free loaders, taxes, ect. Just hang around a little longer and you'll think that you're still in mexico.
  • by to mexican 4 life Location: ENC on May 2, 2010 at 10:13 AM
    And all us law enforcement want to NOT thank you for all the drugs you bring in to help the gangs and worthless americans we have. 99.9% of cocaine comes from mexico! Take it back and sale it to your own people!
  • by mexican 4 life on May 2, 2010 at 09:02 AM
    This great nation lets in people from iraq and etc.. and, then they end up blowing up the twin towers in nyc and , numerous other attempts in many different other places. SO,why complain about the mexicans for,let them come on in to this country without having to cross illegaly , and work and recieve help just like all the rest of the people . It's no different to help the mexicans in this country legal or not ,the americans in the country abuse this system just like the so called mexicans do , but worse . that deputy was alone in the desert probably because he was a corrupt cop thats why ,hahahahah you people make me laugh really. all the time putting down the mexicans ,if it weren't for the mexicans in this country legally or illegally this supposed tobe great nation would be be broke and in worse condition than it is right now!!!!! why don't all the lazy americans get out and do all the jobs that the mexicans do in reality? why should you when you have dumb illegals todo it for you!!
  • by Norman Location: Bayshore on May 2, 2010 at 04:35 AM
    I'm sorry the deputy was killed. May his family find peace in this tragedy. God bless them all.
  • by Anonymous on May 2, 2010 at 04:26 AM
    How else are the leaders in DC going to keep getting HIGH if their drugs are cut off. Cannot have that happen, and all those votes that Accorn or what ever they call themselves now get by registering illegals.
  • by just me Location: eastern nc on May 2, 2010 at 03:54 AM
    well, cacts and Anonymous not a bad idea. Also, no one addressed the drugs they found and where they were headed. Hmmm...the USA? think about the bales of pot coming into the US. If you did purchase this how can you know what you are getting. What if it was poison or laced with some terrible virus? Do YOU trust illegals to do the right thing? While I am on my soapbox.....I am sick of sharing my hard earned dollars with people who come over here to have their babies so they can get food stamps, medicaid and other free programs, they go to Social Services and the public has to pay for someone to translate english to them so we can give them services meant for people who are having a hard time. So lets send people over the border to Mexico and see what we can get. They drive without a valid lisc. no insurance and break all the seatbelt and baby carseat laws, how can you have enough belts when you pack the vehicle with 10 people in a 5 seater? Ok, enough for now.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on May 2, 2010 at 03:31 AM
    I'm glad the deputy was not injured more seriously. But while working drug interdiction why was he ALONE?? Hmmmm..... my first guess would be that he may be in cahoots with drug runners.
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