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Border Patrol agent shoots, wounds man near Douglas

A U.S. Border Patrol agent shot and wounded a man during a fight Friday night near Douglas, Arizona, said U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Around 8 p.m., a Border Patrol agent was responding to a report of two possible undocumented border crossers just west of Douglas when he encountered two men, said a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in a news release. 

As the agent tried to place them under arrest, one of the men began to fight and grabbed the agent's collapsible steel baton. The agent shot the man in the upper left leg, the spokesman said. 

The wounded man was treated for his injury at the scene and later transported to a nearby hospital for further medical treatment, the spokesman said. 

The agent was not injured, the spokesman said.

Neither the agent nor the wounded man were identified by federal officials. The second man fled the scene, just north of the U.S.-Mexico border near S.R. 80 and Kings Highway, but was later located and arrested.

Charges against the two men are pending. The agent will be placed on administrative leave during the investigation, officials said.

The FBI, CBP's Office of Professional Responsibility, and the Cochise County Sheriff's Department are involved in the ongoing investigation, the spokesman said. 

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In the fiscal year of 2016, Tucson Sector agents represented one-third of all use of force incidents involving firearms nationwide, using firearms in four separate incidents. Agents in the Rio Grande Valley reported two incidents during the same period, and four other sectors reported a single shooting, including the Yuma Sector, which covers part of Arizona and California. 

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