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. mrdahan

    # 208 you are perverting the issue with respect to the Jewish People. Discrimination during the Spanish inquisition placed large yellow hats on them and placed them in Ghettos walled in. The example is pure discrimination not at all what is going on. These Illegal Immigrant Workers and Drug Dealers are getting away with murder, and also falsely living like a parasite in another country. They would be welcomed here legally what don't you get # 204 leave the Jews alone and focus on the issue

    April 30, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. EastCoastLibra

    The drug runners are Mexican cartels. THEY ARE ILLEGAL! They use the Arizona desert all the time and bring along other illegals from Mexico with them. People shouldve really watch 20/20, Dateline, Nightline. They've been reporting this for years now. This is not made up. THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON EVERY DAY AND NIGHT IN ARIZONA. I am so glad a woman, Governor Brewer put this front and center. It shouldn't like this but her citizens have been going through stressfull lives having to deal with it day and night. God Bless Arizona, this New Jersey resident is supporting you.

    April 30, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. jorae66

    Go to kold.com for more info. or aznet.com for better reporting!

    April 30, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. mrdahan

    sorry #204 mistake I meant #208

    April 30, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. WTF?

    There's a petition started to try to get a similar bill passed in Colorado. It would be great to see similar laws in ALL states. The petition is here: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/coloradoimmigration/

    April 30, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. bruce baker

    to all of you out there who have not read our recently passed law here in arizona re;illegal immigration and are spewing your ignorance of the subject across the country and the internet--plesae read the law! THERE IS NO REFRENCE TO BROWN PEOPLE,! there is no reference to black people, no refrence in fact to any ethnic group period. what it does cover is ANY PERSON OR PERSONS detained by law enforcement DETAIN YOU IF YOU APPEAR Ba legimate reason is required if asked, to provide identification proving who you are! IN CASE YOU DIDN'T KNOW, THIS IS CURRENTLY HOW THE LAW ALREADY READS-CHECK IT OUT! sooooo the only thing that has changed is that law enforcement can, without calling ICE, another thing for you need to LOOK UP,DETAIN, ARREST, INCARSERATE OR OTHERWISE HOLD YOU UNTIL YOUR IDENTITY HAS BEEN DETERMINED. whether you are white,black,brown,eurasian or a reasonable double for howdy doody!

    April 30, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Sam

    I am a proud immigrant who has been in this amazing country for almost twenty five years and firmly believe we all should obey the laws of this land;however, I can't close this message without asking those who are always looking for excuses to hate immigrants the following:
    Did the Native Americans ever ask any of the pilgrims/first settlers for documents?
    Weren't the pilgrims/first settlers the first illegal immigrants of this land? Why don't we ask the Native Americans? If we do, I'm pretty sure their response will be:

    "Oh yes, you came to our land as visitors, fired your weapons and took this land away from us. Then you made your own laws to convince yourselves that this land has always belong to you. That you have said over and over to your children and the children of your children (generation after generation) to the point that as of today, in 2010, your history books still portay such lie as the absolute truth."

    April 30, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Nikki , Texas

    Exactly what I expected ignorant responses from ignorant people.
    mrdahan – you are right we have a history to be very proud of. One that includes bringing people over as slaves and treated as property. Let's also not forget how we started the country, by taking it from the Native Americans that were here first. FYI I am white with a family tree that includes ancestors fighting in both WWI and WWII. Sounds pretty American to me.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. USA1

    Your right 225. We should just lay down and let these law breaking illegals just take over.

    NOT!

    April 30, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. it will fix alot of identity theft

    to all of you out there who have not read our recently passed law here in arizona re;illegal immigration and are spewing your ignorance of the subject across the country and the internet–plesae read the law! THERE IS NO REFRENCE TO BROWN PEOPLE,! there is no reference to black people, no refrence in fact to any ethnic group period. what it does cover is ANY PERSON OR PERSONS detained by law enforcement DETAIN YOU IF YOU APPEAR Ba legimate reason is required if asked, to provide identification proving who you are! IN CASE YOU DIDN'T KNOW, THIS IS CURRENTLY HOW THE LAW ALREADY READS-CHECK IT OUT! sooooo the only thing that has changed is that law enforcement can, without calling ICE, another thing for you need to LOOK UP,DETAIN, ARREST, INCARSERATE OR OTHERWISE HOLD YOU UNTIL YOUR IDENTITY HAS BEEN DETERMINED. whether you are white,black,brown,eurasian or a reasonable double for howdy doody!
    Posted by: bruce baker

    April 30, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Rick Hill

    Secure our borders NOW , and send All who have no respect for our laws to Jail " Not Home".......make it a Felony with the appropriate punishment.........They are NOT just illegal aliens......they are criminal invaders

    April 30, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. wayne

    The bottom line in all this is that the borders need to be secured, period. I remember in 1986 we had amnesty and the borders were suppose to be secured. Here we are 24 years later and 15 million more wanting amnesty and yet the borders are still not secure. Even as I write this another couple hundred are probably crossing. Only now the liilegals are demanding amnesty while the legit citizens must be silent or called racists. This whole country is racists as far as that goes; every ethnicity wants to get over on the other. Sad isn't it; what ever happened to make love not war......ha.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. alex

    Do you think there is a difference between an illegal immigrant and a smuggler? Let us suppose that there is. Suppose the difference is that an illegal immigrant entered the United States to find work, and has no need to resort to violence. And suppose a smuggler came to the United States to continue a drug-trafficking operation which is run by powerful cartels in South America. A smuggler, on the other hand, does have a need to resort to violence sometimes. This is because "[drug] prohibition drives the drug market underground. This means buyers and sellers cannot resolve their disputes with lawsuits, arbitration or advertising, so they resort to violence instead" (Harvard economist, Jeffrey Miron, http://edition.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/03/24/miron.legalization.drugs/index.html)

    If drugs were made legal in the United States, the profit motive for these cartels to engage in drug-trafficking and illegally crossing the border would cease to exist. If drugs were regulated and treated similarly to alcohol and tobacco–two other dangerous drugs–there would be a massive decline in the number of smugglers entering the United States with the intent to sell illegal drugs. As a result, nonviolent illegal immigrants would be the extent of our illegal immigration problem.

    Just a thought.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Nikki , Texas

    Sam I am so glad to see that there are still some people out there that think rationally and intelligently. Great comment, great statement.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. USA1

    hey 231. You have to stop the illegal employers also! It's the job magnet!

    April 30, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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