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Border Patrol agent assaulted with rock during arrest near Bisbee

A Border Patrol agent was injured during an altercation south of Bisbee on Wednesday night, when a Mexican man fought with the agent and hit him in the head with a rock, authorities said. 

The agent was injured and taken to a local hospital for treatment and has since been released, said Rob Daniels, a spokesman with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 

The Mexican man, described only as a 19-year-old, was arrested and charged with assaulting a federal agent, Daniels said. 

The agent was responding to a call of "possible illegal alien activity" near a home, and he attempted to arrest the man as he ran from the area, Daniels said. 

The man "resisted arrest" and fought with the agent, and then struck the agent "in the head with a rock," he said. The man briefly got away, but with the help of an aircrew with Air and Marine Operations and Border Patrol agents on the ground, the man was "quickly apprehended," Daniels said.

Border Patrol did not identify the arrested man nor the agent. No details were provided on the agent's injuries.

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