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Man wounded after shooting at agents at BP checkpoint

Border Patrol agents shot and wounded a 76-year-old man after he fired on them at the checkpoint north of Tombstone on Highway 80 on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

Around 3:45 p.m., the man was driving northbound and struck barriers at the checkpoint located at the intersection of State Route 80 and State Route 82, roughly 60 miles southeast of Tucson. 

The man, who was not named by authorites, then began shooting at agents at the checkpoint, said a spokesman with Tucson Sector Border Patrol. 

Agents returned fire and shot him, said the spokesman. 

The agents immediately provided medical attention and he was flown by helicopter to a Tucson-area hospital for advanced medical treatment, the spokesman said. 

Agents were not injured in the exchange. 

The checkpoint had been closed due to windy conditions before the incident, he said. 

Around 45 minutes earlier, the Cochise County Sheriff's Office had received a call from a Tombstone resident, who said that her 76-year-old father had just left home, possibly toward Sierra Vista, said Carol Capas, a spokeswoman for CCSO, in a Facebook post. 

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The woman said that her father had "medical issues" and had guns and alcohol with him, said Capas. 

The Border Patrol spokesman said that his agency was fully cooperating with this investigation, which includes the FBI, CBP's Office of Professional Responsibility, the Tombstone Marshal’s Office and CCSO. 

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The scene at the Border Patrol checkpoint just north of Tombstone on State Route 80 following a shooting that left a 76-year-old man wounded after he fired on agents.