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. azgirl50

    A country without borders is not a country – it is a colony. If a Mexican commits murder in the US and flees back to Mexico, the US must agree not to use the death penalty before Mexico will send the murderer back to the US. A country without borders is not a country – it is a colony. We need to protect our borders – not just from Mexicans but from anybody trying to come over in an illegal manner – for any reason.

    April 30, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Shar

    Hey Gimme A Break, are you saying we should become the welfare country for the world? Give me a break! The problem with illegal immigration besides national security issues is that these people are leaving Mexico and other countries because they want change and they cant get it! But have you ever stopped to think if we closed our border all those people wanting change would have to stay in Mexico? And just maybe if they did that Mexico would have to change! But I guess it's so much easier to just say poor them and open the floodgates right, even though our resources in this nation cant support the influx of 1,000,000 illegal people a year. When are you going to get a clue that unless people force change in these undeveloped nations nothing will change and they will forever be leaving that beautiful country because of the corruption and difficulty surviving there.

    April 30, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pure Genius

    Dont believe a word of it. The Deputy turned the AK-47 in on himself and tried to blame the "undocumented worker!" Or... maybe it was a well tanned white guy with Taco Bell on his breath. Hey...what about the possibility that there were only a group of Mexican nationals who were crossing the desert yearning to be free, a huddled mass, coming here to become Americans with no ulterior financial motives at all when suddenly, a round from an AK-47 ricocheted several times from a firing range in Nevada, kind of like the Kennedy bullet theory?! Oh, yeah, and that pot... it was just food seasoning used during their desert picnics on the way over!!

    You people who support ILLEGAL ALIENS need to get your heads out of your #####!!! I saw what can happen when illegal aliens who overstayed there visas could do on 9/11 when I responded to lower Manhattan on that day. I was nearly struck head on by a drunk driving ILLEGAL ALIEN in the middle of the day on a busy city street when I turned my patrol car around stopped him, after a small chase, and arrested him. I knew he'd never show for court. Case still pending 8 years later!! He moved onto another field, in another area, with someone else's ID. Pennsylvania license plate and all...(ILLEGAL ALIENS pass on the vehicles and PA tags to the next group of ILLEGALS because PA doesn't ever verify who currently has them.) I WAS THERE FOR EACH EVENT. And I've had dozens more experiences just like these over the years!

    ILLEGAL IS AGAINST THE LAW!!!! PERIOD!!!! Mexican, European, Arab, African... whatever... I want immigrants to come here, thats the beauty of America... but they need to FOLLOW THE LAW!!! LEGAL ONLY NEED APPLY!!!!

    April 30, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. become a citizen legally

    "Illegal Aliens"?? Last time I checked they were human beings that breathe air and have blood the flows through their veins. But Michelle you are right we can't afford to lose anymore of us white people right? All of us were able to choose where we were born, the color of our skin, and the social class of our family right? Because we were born on this side of the border we are that much better? Please we are all human beings!! What makes the USA so great is the ability to be whatever you want as long as you are willing to work hard enough to obtain your dream. That is what all the "illegal aliens" are trying to do, better their lives and the lives of their family. If this story is even true this alleged person was not an immigrant but a smuggler; I would bet anything on it. To Michelle and all the other ignorant ethnocentric people on here you make me ashamed to be the same nationality as you. Just think your ancestors came here as immigrants and were thought to be "aliens" at one time too.
    Posted by: Nikki , Texas
    fix thier country like we are attempting to with this law. why after screwing up one country move to another liek a virus? they should stage marches and boycotts at home and fix the issues they have in mexico not come here and wave mexican flags saying what a great country they come from.

    April 30, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kevin

    Seriously 180,

    Do you think the officer willingly got shot to justify the law?

    If not, then is CNN part of this conspiracy?

    The person doing the shooting was either a US citizen out in the middle of the desert, probably up to no good. Or they crossed the border illegally and shot an American.

    Do you have another answer? If so, I would like to hear your theory.

    April 30, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. derek

    haha...the illegals has just "bust a move"...lol now it's our turn...get'em boys:)

    April 30, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. EastCoastLibra


    April 30, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. USA1

    Help stop this a www . numbersusa . com and www . fairus . org

    April 30, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. sickandtired

    Dear Six
    This has nothing to do with Germany or Nazi's or a holocaust you idiot – another lame comparison you illegal sympathizers have been using often.
    This country won't go broke deporting but it WILL go broke SUPPORTING the millions of illegals who are here. We just need to get all our troops out of the middle east (which is a pointless place for them to be anyhow) and bring them home to protect our borders. Crossing illegally – SHOOT TO KILL!

    April 30, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. EastCoastLibra



    April 30, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. become a citizen legally

    Posted by: EastCoastLibra
    illegals hurt the legal immigrants wether it be russians, orientals, lationos or any other

    April 30, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. USA1


    April 30, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. USA1

    Question: Where does the Census Bureau say we're heading by 2060?

    We will have 459 million Americans, not counting illegal aliens. This is an increase of more than 200 million, the vast majority of which is due to immigrants and their offspring. This is a future which does not have to happen!

    But the U.S. Census Bureau says the projections on this chart are inevitable UNLESS Congress cuts immigration.

    The chart shows the U.S. Census Bureau's middle-range projection of how much additional population will be forced into the United States if current immigration and fertility levels continue.

    The Census Bureau has at least 10 projections based on low, middle and high figures for each of the categories of fertility rate, mortality rate and immigration. The middle-range projection shown here is considered the most likely scenario if conditions remain similar to what they are now.

    April 30, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Zona

    Well, I guess they aren't in custody(bad info from the local media). They ought to just mow them down with the guns on that Blackhawk that they are using.

    April 30, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
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