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Man shot, wounded trying to flee through Nogales border crossing

A Border Patrol agent and officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection shot and wounded a man after he attempted to drive through a border crossing in Nogales on Thursday afternoon. 

Around 2 p.m., a man attempted to evade Border Patrol agents and drove south through the the Mariposa port of entry toward Mexico, BP's Tucson Sector Chief Paul Beeson told reporters at a press conference. As he drove through the crossing, the unidentified man swerved his vehicle in an apparent attempt to hit officers, Beeson said. 

Customs officers and a Border Patrol agent fired their handguns at the driver, hitting him multiple times. He was airlifted to a Tucson-area hospital for treatment, Beeson said. 

A passenger in the vehicle, who was also not identified, was not hit by the gunfire, but sustained "non life-threatening" injuries and was in custody, Beeson said.

The agent and Customs officers who shot the man were not identified by the agency. Beeson did not detail if anything was found in the man's vehicle.

The southbound traffic lanes at the port were temporarily closed Friday, with traffic been re-routed as the investigation continued, said Michael Humphries, a spokesman for the agency's Office of Field Operations. 

Nogales Police Department officers ewre helping to divert traffic from the port because of the incident, said Sgt. Robert Fierros, a NPD spokesman. The port of entry will be shut down for the remainder of the day for trucks and cars trying to enter Mexico through the border crossing, Fierros said. Northbound traffic is still coming through the port. 

The FBI, CBP's Office of Professional Responsibility, and agents with Homeland Security Investigations, a part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are investigating the shooting.

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A file photo of the Mariposa port of entry in Nogales.