4 Illegal immigrants drown in canal while escaping policePosted: Updated:
PHOENIX - A tribal spokeswoman says four suspected illegal immigrants died while trying to escape police by jumping into an irrigation canal on an Arizona Indian reservation.
Gila River Indian Community spokeswoman Alia Maisonet says two men were found dead Monday after authorities had drained the canal.
Maisonet says another man had been found Sunday and a woman died Sunday evening after being pulled out. A fifth person survived.
The five were among a group of suspected illegal immigrants who were stopped after a tribal police officer saw their van driving erratically on the reservation.
Maisonet says that about 20 people jumped out and ran in different directions, with one group jumping a fence and into the canal.