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FBI Investigating Border Patrol Shooting On Arizona Reservation

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U.S. Border Patrol vehicles travel through the Arizona desert about 10 miles north of Mexico, Dec. 16, 2010.

The FBI is investigating a Border Patrol-related shooting that occurred Tuesday in south central Arizona.

The U.S. Border Patrol said its agents were tracking a group of suspected marijuana smugglers near Cowlic on the Tohono O’odham Indian reservation. The agents were assaulted with rocks and an agent fired his weapon.

Nobody was hurt but two men were taken into custody, including the alleged assailant. The FBI and the Border Patrol’s own Office of Professional Responsibility are investigating the incident.

The agency has come under scrutiny for its use of force in recent years. Federal records show that this fiscal year, Border Patrol agents used their weapons five times, not including Tuesday’s shooting. The agents were assaulted nearly 180 times.

Of the six weapon incidences, three have occurred in the agency’s Tucson Sector.

FBI Investigating Border Patrol Shooting On Arizona Reservation

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