April 30th, 2010
09:05 PM ET

Authorities: Ariz. deputy shot by suspected drug traffickers

[Updated at 11:00 p.m.] A sheriff's deputy in central Arizona was shot Friday afternoon by a suspected drug trafficker, authorities said.

The Pinal County deputy, who was not immediately identified, contacted authorities after being wounded in the desert, saying he had been shot by an illegal immigrant with an AK-47, said Lt. Tammy Villar, a sheriff's spokeswoman.

[Posted at 9:05 p.m.] A sheriff's deputy in central Arizona who was shot Friday afternoon by an alleged illegal immigrant has been found after authorities lost contact with him, according to CNN affiliate KPNX.

The report came from a KPNX reporter on board a chopper at the scene.

[Posted at 8:41 p.m.] A sheriff's deputy in central Arizona was shot Friday afternoon by a member of an alleged group of illegal immigrants, authorities said.

The Pinal County deputy, who was not immediately identified, contacted authorities after being wounded in a remote area, said Lt. Tammy Villar, a sheriff's spokeswoman. She said authorities believe he was shot with a AK-47. The deputy was being treated for the wound, but his condition was not immediately known, Villar said.

Pinal County is located between Phoenix and Tuscon and has been described as a key transit point for illegal immigrants. Sheriff Paul Babeu told CNN that an estimated 80 percent of illegal immigrants eventually pass through his county along the way to other locations.

Deputies in the department routinely patrol for illegal immigrants and smugglers, and it's not uncommon for them to be in the field alone, officials said.

It was not immediately clear what led the deputy to engage with the group on Friday.

- CNN's Casey Wian contributed to this report.

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  1. lonely guy

    So does this mean 1 point for the AK-47?? And -10 points for the XM-15 ??

    May 2, 2010 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tom Swartz

    Does it matter if they're illeagel or migrant? We have 27% unemployment here in Florida. We don't need any guest workers here.. So sick of politicians pandering to non-Americans.

    May 2, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. USA1

    Solution to illegal aliens –
    1. Seal the borders with the National Guard.
    2. Mandatory use of E-Verify (Large fines for employers that are found to hire illegals)
    3. Inspect everyone for citizenship. (Everyone so no racism – No Race Card)
    4. Deport all illegals. (Finger print for future felony charge for returning)
    5. Ensure the job openings are given to the 10 million unemployed legal American citizens at a fair wage.
    6. Vote out those in congress and the white house that have committed this treason.
    7. Return legal immigration to 1965 level
    8. Stop the H1B, etc and employ legal Americans citizens.
    9. Pass the ' Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009 ' denying citizenship to babies of illegal’s in this country. (Copy Canada law)
    10. Review all immigration records from last 10 years and deport those that have committed crime.

    May 2, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
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  5. mabbie13


    You obviously think you are an intellectual but don't even know how to use pronouns correctly. It is "their opinion" not "there" their is possive, there is referring to where something is.

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  6. noraa

    ok what is a cop doin way out there??

    May 3, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sally

    Very sad story. This deputies last words were, "Tell my wife i love her." The immigration problem in Arizona is getting out of line.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sally

    Over the radio, that is.

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    When do we get to hear the helicopters side of the story...I wanna hear what them liars have to say!

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