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FBI probes possible assault on BP agent near Sierra Vista

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FBI probes possible assault on BP agent near Sierra Vista

Agent fired weapon, according to BP, sheriff's dep't

A Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent fired his weapon near Hereford on Monday afternoon around the same time an agency vehicle was involved in a crash in the area, law enforcement officials said.

FBI agents were called to the scene south of Sierra Vista, where there was a two-vehicle crash involving a Border Patrol vehicle and report of shots fired by a Border Patrol agent, said Carol Capas, spokeswoman for the Cochise County Sheriff's Department, on Monday evening.

An FBI spokeswoman said late Monday that the agency is investigating an attempted assault on the agent.

Jennifer Giannola, of the FBI's Phoenix office, said an unknown driver tried to hit the agent with a vehicle at 12:40 p.m. on Hereford Road. She said the investigation is ongoing.

Capas could not immediately confirm that multiple shots were fired, but said she believed that there were.

A Border Patrol spokesman would only say that a shot was fired.

"The weapon was fired and there were no injuries," said Agent Mario Escalante.

Escalante would not identify the agent who fired or to which Tucson Sector station the agent is assigned.

It's unknown what the intended target was.

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