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BP agent shoots, kills man near Sells

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BP agent shoots, kills man near Sells

Man assaulted agent, Border Patrol says

A Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent shot and killed a man near Sells on Tuesday night, the Border Patrol said Wednesday.

The man was shot about 8 p.m. while he was assaulting another agent, Border Patrol spokesman Brent Cagen said in a statement.

The incident happened on S.R. 86 on the Tohono O'odham Nation, said Matt Smith, a spokesman for the tribe.

The agent shot the suspected illegal immigrant when he began to struggle with one of the agents while they were trying to arrest him, Smith said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, Smith said.

“CBP regrets the loss of life and will fully cooperate with the investigation led by the Tohono O'odham Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” the Border Patrol statement said.

The man's name was not released pending notification of family, Smith said.

FBI Special Agent Manuel Johnson confirmed the agency is conducting an investigation into an assault on a federal officer.

Johnson said the FBI is working with the Tohono O'odham Police Department on the investigation.

A Border Patrol agent fired his weapon near Hereford on Oct. 17 after an alleged attempted assault on the agent. No one was injured in that incident.

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