1 dead in Border Patrol shootout on reservation
By Bob Ortega
The Republic | azcentral.com
October 25, 2014
One person was killed and another man was on the loose after a shootout Friday morning with two Border Patrol agents, according to an FBI release.
The incident occurred on the northern edge of the Tohono O’odham Reservation, about 10 miles southwest of Tucson. The first man died at the scene, the FBI said.
No agents were injured in the incident. Border Patrol spokesman Vic Brabble said that agents and aircraft were still searching for the additional suspect late Friday afternoon. The Border Patrol said the men were armed.
The Tohono O’odham Reservation is regularly used as a smuggling corridor for marijuana. In the past, Border Patrol agents have had encounters there with smugglers and with so-called “rip crews,” criminals who prey on smugglers.
The Pima County Sheriff’s Department Office said it is not participating in the investigation.
This is the third person killed by Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector this year.
On Jan. 16, Gabriel Sanchez Velasquez, 31, a Mexican citizen crossing back into the United States after being deported, was shot to death near Apache. An agent whose identity has not been disclosed said Sanchez Velasquez lunged at him.
On May 31, just hours after Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske announced new use-of-force policies, saying “we will hold people accountable; we will do investigations,” Border Patrol Agent Daniel Marquez shot and killed Jose Luis Arambula, 31, a U.S. citizen, as he fled on foot. Arambula, too, was unarmed.
Marquez said Arambula had made “punching” motions that made him think he was armed.
Arambula’s death, like that of Sanchez Velasquez, remains under federal investigation.