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Border Patrol agent shoots, kills man in Baboquivari wilderness

A Border Patrol agent shot and killed a man who in the remote wilderness of the Baboquivari Mountains, about 44 miles southwest of Tucson, just before noon on Wednesday, authorities said. 

The man, who was not identified, was one of several people in a group suspected of illegally crossing into the United States, said a spokesman for the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector. 

The agent fired his sidearm, hitting the man, who died from his wounds, said the spokesman. 

The man was "assaultive," the spokesman said. Details about the incident were not released.

Three members of the group were taken into custody, and agents were searching the area for others, he said. 

This incident is under joint investigation by the FBI, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Professional Responsibility, and Tohono O’odham Nation Police Department. 

TucsonSentinel.com's original reporting and curation of border and immigration news is generously supported in part by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

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