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Shot fired as Border Patrol arrests pot smugglers

A Border Patrol agent fired his weapon as agents attempted to apprehend a group of suspected marijuana smugglers and were assaulted with rocks Tuesday afternoon on the Tohono O'odham Nation west of Tucson, authorities said.

No injuries were reported, although few details were released.

Agents from the BP station in Casa Grande were tracking a group of suspected smugglers near the village of Cowlic, southwest of Sells and about 75 miles from Tucson, a statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

Around 4:15 p.m., the agents approached the group, and were "assaulted with rocks," the statement said.

"Initial reports indicated that one agent discharged his firearm at an assailant," the statement said. "The assailant and one other suspect are in custody and multiple bundles of marijuana were seized."

Neither the suspects nor the agents involved were identified by CBP. Officials did not indicate how many shots were fired.

Because at least one shot was fired, the incident is being investigated by the FBI, Customs and Border Protection's Office of Professional Responsibility and Tohono O'odham Nation Police Department, official said.

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