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. Shar


    April 30, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Shar

    Maybe when one of these illegal aliens rapes or murders someone you know, a wife, daughter, mother, sister, aunt... all you people can get a clue .... probably what it is going to have to take huh? ! This problem is way more involved than you think...

    April 30, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gimmie a break

    The weird thing is, the people causing all of the border violence aren't actually trying to immigrate. So all the angry jabber jaws on here name calling and hate mongering need to recognize the actual issue of this story. It's not immigration. It's border violence, which is a huge problem both for Mexico and the US. I love how CNN changed the title of the article from "alleged illegal immigrants" to "suspected drug traffickers." That is what I call responsible reporting CNN.

    April 30, 2010 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Six

    My point about the Jews and the Holocost was in response to someone calling for mass deportation. Mass deportation is simply not viable unless you are prepared to cause a humanitarian crisis. Anyone who takes the time to think through the logistics of it comes to the same conclusion. Those who refuse to give up the mass deportation horse, those who would lump all-em illegals into one tidy little word, parasite, are as much a part of the immigration problem in this country as are the illegals themselves.

    If Arizona wants to lock itself down, if Arizona wants to shoot people at its borders, if Arizona wants to deport huge swaths of its cities and towns, go right ahead, but be prepared to become one giant ghost town.

    April 30, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John

    White people have reasons to be upset. We built this country and its being destroyed by our government in every way they can think of. Flooding america with illegals, constant attempts at demonizing the white population by using the media etc. And oh, if anyone wants to be silly and say ALL races build america...think again. Who were the founding fathers? oh thats right, white people of european descent. who wrote the constitution ? thats right. who made up 90% of the population until the 60s ? white people, thats right. And if you say, but the blacks were slaves and contributed?! so what, a slave does what hes told. indian slaves would have done the same job. 🙂

    April 30, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jsh

    Sam, Nikki, you to have alot to learn about history. The Spanish have colonized more land than any other race. They have destroyed more races than Northern Europeans ever will. Talk about stealing land? Do the Aztecs mean anything to you guys? And as for Americans "taking" your land, the mexicans started that war and LOST. The price for waging war on a smaller less equipped military was losing the southwest and your dignity.

    April 30, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff in WV

    Where's the "Rifleman" (Chuck Connors) when you need him 🙂

    April 30, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John

    As far as immigration goes, and how far our government has screwed this nation over...Heres a quote from 1967 that Ted Kennedy told Congress. This was his quote that got congress to open the American borders to non-white immigration [a disaster].

    "First, our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants annually. Under the proposed bill, the present level of immigration remains substantially the same.... Secondly, the ethnic mix of this country will not be upset.... Contrary to the charges in some quarters, [the bill] will not inundate America with immigrants from any one country or area, or the most populated and deprived nations of Africa and Asia.... In the final analysis, the ethnic pattern of immigration under the proposed measure is not expected to change as sharply as the critics seem to think.... It will not cause American workers to lose their jobs."

    Good thing the lier is dead. Demograghics havnt changed at all huh ? Is it any wonder this country is going to shit...nope.

    April 30, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MP

    Whose to say that if this bill was passed six months ago the deputy would have not been shot? I'm all for securing the border, it needs to be done. But this bill is profiling pure and simple. And it wasn't wrong for anyone to tell Mexican-Americans to be careful. What does an illegal immigrant look like? How would they know a person is illegal without stopping a Hispanic person? They're not going to stop everybody.

    I know they made changes to the law to say there has to be a reason to stop someone but I don't think that's going to stop the sheriff down there. Also, all of you people bashing Napolitano and Obama for failing to secure the borders should look back a few years when Bush tried to do so and the republicans blocked it. This has been a problem long before the Obama Administration came into office.

    April 30, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Gimmie a break

    John, John, John,

    If you are the fabric of this country, I don't know why anyone would want to come here for refuge. You know your statement was ignorant so there's no need to even say anything ignorant back. I'm ashamed to be lumped into any category with you.

    April 30, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. EastCoastLibra

    The open border of Arizona and the other Border states welcome the drug cartels, human traffickers, illegal immigrants who have now become more violent than ever. PEOPLE! IF YOU HAVE BEEN WATCHING 20/20, DATELINE AND NIGHTLINE IN THE PAST LIKE I DID YOU WOULD KNOW ALL OF THIS. THESE JOURNALIST SHOWS HAVE BEEN REPORTING AND SHOWING HOW IT IS DOWN THERE. ILLEGALS AND MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS ARE BRAZEN THEY DIDN'T CARE IF THE CAMERA WAS ON THEM. The past problems of US Ranchers with illegals was trespassing and loitering on their property. Now it has gotten worst where the new and old illegals are carrying guns not to mention the drug cartels and human traffickers who have been arming themselves for along time while they cross the US border. I WISH 20/20, DATELINE, NIGHTLINE RE-AIRS THE ILLEGALS CROSSING US BORDERS REPORT FROM 7 OR 10 YRS AGO.

    April 30, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Six

    Immigrations 'country' quotas should be based upon humanitarian need and not our racist fear of disrupting the balance of our demographics.

    April 30, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Geri

    We can all be very grateful that our founding fathers were not bleeding heart liberals, this country would not have ever been possible. You have no survival skills. Get rid of all of the illegals, give our kids jobs, save our schools, and our environment. It is hard to believe that liberals talk about green with no thought to adding 30 + million people to our country. Get real.. your dead in the water with the new events of today, that wonderful deputy being shot by one of those great neighbors of ours! More laws please.

    April 30, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. roland

    dont bring up the holocaust. its a convenient propaganda tool that snowballed after WW2. In truth its a lie. The killer in the German Prison camps wasnt gas, it was disease. Diseases such as Typhus killed 10 million+ people officially during the war in Eastern Europe. The disease was present in the so-called concentration camps aswell. That is WHY prisoners had thier heads shaved – lice carried Typhus. That is why small traces of the gas are present in the delousing chambers – it was needed to kill lice off of bed sheets to try and control the spread of that disease. The holocaust story was a nice way for Russia and the other Allied powers to demoralize germany at its defeat and get its people to submit. You can disagree all you want, but there are many facts that contradict every holocaust story there is. And of course, the truth doesnt need anything to defend it...yet you go to jail in europe if you question the holocaust. Seems fishy from the getgo.

    April 30, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kevin


    Oh ok, it was only illegal drug traffickers. Problem solved no need to worry. And illegal drug trafficking has nothing to do with better border security???

    April 30, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
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