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Shooting closes Nogales border crossing

A Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officer shot a Tucson man trying to drive south into Mexico through the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry on Thursday evening.

The driver of a pickup truck fled south through the border crossing when the officer attempted to stop the vehicle around 7 p.m., CBP officials said. The officer shot at the truck, which crashed "several yards into Mexico," officials said. The driver had a gunshot wound.

The southbound lanes of the port were closed around 7 p.m. after a report of gunfire and a car crash at the port. In the southbound lane, there was a crashed pickup and a man — apparently a passenger — under arrest, reported César Barrón, with Radio XENY in Nogales, Sonora.

The wounded man is a Tucson resident, 24-year-old Angel Manuel Mendivil Perez, Prensa Fronteriza reported.

An image shared by Barrón shows a man leaning against the tailgate of a Ford Ranger pickup in the vehicle lane, and an officers is standing over him. 

CBP officers at the scene initially declined to comment, but Mexican officials told reporters that two men were in a truck that crashed on the south side of the port. The driver was reportedly shot in the head and the passenger arrested, reported the Nogales International. 

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Cesar Barron, Radio XENY