ARIVACA, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A Border Patrol agent was injured in a shooting near Arivaca Tuesday, June 12.
According to Border Patrol, the agent was attacked by several suspects while investigating activity near Ruby Road and Chimney Canyon.
One of the suspects shot the agent several times and he returned fire, according to Border Patrol.
The agent, a 21-year veteran and an experienced paramedic, was able to tend to his wounds and calls for help.
Several suspects were arrested, but Border Patrol said it was too early to know if the suspects were involved in the shooting.
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Border Patrol hosted a news conference Wednesday, June 13.
Jim Chilton, a rancher who owns a large piece of land south of Arivaca that stretches 25 miles along the border, said the agent was shot on his property in Chimeneya Canyon.
"I received a call and email this morning from the Border Patrol saying one of their agents had been shot on my property," said Chilton, a fifth-generation Arizona rancher. "They told me he (the agent) was shot in the leg, in the hand, and got hit in his bullet-proof vest. My thoughts and prayers go out to him while he recovers."
Chilton said the 25 miles of borderland he owns is not secure.
"There's no wall at the boundary," he said. "It is just a four-post cattle fence that anyone can crawl under. We need to close up that gap in the border fence and station more agents in forward positions along the border. There are great agents here, but they are in Tucson. You wouldn't have a football team line up 10 yards from the line of scrimmage would you?"
"We are very concerned," said Steve Rendon, a local who has lived in the Arivaca area for close to 40 years. "You have mixed emotions. You feel for the people crossing the border during the worst time of year, but we are of course very concerned about the safety of our Border Patrol agents who protect us."
Arivaca is an unincorporated community in southern Pima County, 11 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, northwest of Nogales.