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Empty Border Patrol vehicle hit by gunfire near Sierra Vista

An empty Border Patrol vehicle was struck by gunfire Friday evening south of Sierra Vista, authorities said. 

A nearby agent was not injured and did not return fire, said U.S. Customs and Border Protection in a news release. 

Around 5:30 p.m., an agent in a mobile surveillance unit—a truck equipped with cameras and sensors—heard several shots and "observed two unknown individuals with a rifle at a distance," said a CBP spokesman. 

An unoccupied BP vehicle next to the surveillance truck was hit by bullets, including one round that punched through a passenger-side window. 

Multiple Border Patrol agents and deputies with the Cochise County Sheriff's Office responded to the incident, the spokesman said, but the suspects were fled on foot and have not been located, he said. 

CBP said that the investigation remains active and anyone with information regarding the shooting should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 520-432-9500. 

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