Border agents arrest suspected shooting suspect

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TUCSON - The following is a press release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Tucson Sector agents worked closely with Mexican authorities to assist in the apprehension of man suspected of shooting another man in Mexico south of Newfield, Arizona.

On the afternoon of September 1st, a Border Patrol agent was working near the San Miguel Gate in Newfield, AZ.The agent heard three gunshot blasts coming from somewhere south of the international boundary in Mexico. As he went to the area to investigate, he heard an additional gun shot.The agent notified Sector communications, who then relayed the information to Mexican authorities. of the incident and location. Within minutes of the incident, Agents encountered three suspected illegal aliens near the area of the shooting.

As the men were being interviewed, they claimed that they had just witnessed a shooting. With the assistance of the Border Patrol International Liaison Unit (ILU), Mexican authorities were able to question the three men, and located a deceased subject near the area of the shooting on Mexican soil.

Early yesterday, ILU Agents received a call from Centro Investigacion de Seguridad Nacional (CISEN) expressing thanks for the quick response and continuous communication by Border Patrol Agents.As a result of the bi-national cooperation, Mexican authorities were able to arrest a 42 year old Mexican male, in the suspected killing of a 35 year old male, also of Mexico.

With the increased violence in Mexico, Tucson Sector is committed to protect the public by continuing to foster a strong relationship with Mexican authorities through its International Liaison Unit in order to create a safer border environment for border community residents.