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. Rick Hill

    ALL people who enter our country on their OWN terms are Criminals.......and should be treated as such.........keep it up Criminals , would'nt want to be ya if you keep being stupid !

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

    nikki in texas you must be Mexican and have reletaves in Mexico so why should you care about the way things are now? As it is you can cross the border fairly sucessfully and work in the us. All the while the men in mexico are fewer and fewer. Do you know what it means to be Nationalistic, to be legal and abide by laws. Monkeys are living and breathing too. Some might think of them as aliens too. What is your point we have laws,..and a PROUD HISTORY OF BEING THE BEST. Go through immigration and get your work visa and fyi you seem like an idiot

    April 30, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Algiz

    Want to become an immigrant? Go to your local US Immigration office or...click here.

    http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis
    It isn't rocket science people!

    April 30, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Danny

    Can you believe white people keep polluting the oceans. I can't give shrimp & lobster to my children now you buncha hippys!

    April 30, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JC

    This was obviously a drug runner and what makes them think the person was illegal? Did they they check his papers before they let him get away? There are gangs in border states that smuggle drugs through the border and are Americans.

    April 30, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. FedUp!

    Nikki from Tx...

    Put your concrete shoes back on, dear. We can see that you're an airhead with absolutely no grasp of reality.

    Sure... our ancestors were 'aliens'. But they were legal!

    What is your hair color?

    April 30, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. USA1

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FM1YU-Ni_84

    April 30, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Proves a Point

    LMAO! @ # 204

    April 30, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. EastCoastLibra

    I feel for Arizona. I'm in New Jersey we get it bad but it can't compared to what Arizona has been going through with their illegal immigrant invasion. Arizona is literally a Ground Zero of all this and the saddest part is Washington DC turn their heads and coddle the Hispanic Caucus and their illegal compadres. FYI: there are other nations who are here illegally but they don't jump the borders every day and night. Hispanics should blame their illegal immigrant latinos who ruined them and other foreigners who wants to come here.

    April 30, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Six

    The Jewish people did not have a country at this time to be told go home to. They were also legal citizens of the countries they were in.

    The illegals will not have to wear yellow stars because they will be sent home. Arizona already requires you to have a id on you and so this law only affects those breaking that law and 5-10 others.
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    Jews were never welcome anywhere in Europe for long, they were not given citizenship they were given ID cards, cards that were repealed on the whim of kings and furors.

    Before you can send someone home, you have to locate them and separate them from the general population. In Germany they used yellow stars, we most certainly would use something else, but with the same intent.

    Now I ask I you, what makes you think 'home' will accept these people? What will Mexico do when we try to deposit a million people on their border? How about ten million? What will we do to Mexico to change their minds. Will we go to war to force the issues, or will we resort to ovens?

    Think about it!

    April 30, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Danny

    Why do white people keep polluting the oceans? I can't feed my children shrimp & lobster now!!

    April 30, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kevin

    203

    Regardless if they are drug runners or illegals, they are still criminals up to no good doing illegal activity across our borders.

    That still justifies more border patrol.

    April 30, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. IsupportArizona

    What do people NOT understand about the word Illegal? Why do people feel that the Constitution gives these people rights when they are not even a US Citizen is beyond me...Are people really this stupid? The education system needs more attention and FAST!!!!

    April 30, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. WTF?

    I say shoot first and THEN ask for papers. It's easier to check pockets when they aren't moving, and if they're illegal, they won't have papers anyway. Word will spread fast.

    April 30, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
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