Rep. Biggs: Trooper shooting shows need for border security

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Republican Rep. Andy Biggs says the recent shooting of a state trooper by a Mexican citizen in the United States illegally points to a need for tightened border security. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Republican Rep. Andy Biggs says the recent shooting of a state trooper by a Mexican citizen in the United States illegally points to a need for tightened border security. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Arizona Trooper Ed Andersson was hospitalized after an assailant attacked him on a highway. A good Samaritan shot the assailant. (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety) Arizona Trooper Ed Andersson was hospitalized after an assailant attacked him on a highway. A good Samaritan shot the assailant. (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
Leonard Penuelas-Escobar, 37 (Source: Department of Public Safety) Leonard Penuelas-Escobar, 37 (Source: Department of Public Safety)

An Arizona congressman says the recent shooting of a state trooper by a Mexican citizen in the United States illegally points to a need for tightened border security and stricter law enforcement.

Republican Rep. Andy Biggs cited the Jan. 12 wounding of the trooper in a statement Thursday, a day after President Donald Trump took steps to build a southern border wall and strip funding from sanctuary cities.

[ORIGINAL STORY: Trooper 'ambushed,' shot in Tonopah expected to be OK; suspect shot and killed by passer-by]

A passer-by fatally shot Leonard Pennelas-Escobar as he beat Trooper Edward Andersson after shooting Andersson along Interstate 10 west of Phoenix.

[SCANNER: Listen to the scanner traffic, including the civilian's report of what happened]

The Arizona Department of Public Safety's director said Pennelas-Escobar was in the United States illegally.

Biggs said it's clear that even law enforcement officers are at greater risk due to what Biggs called "the federal government's dereliction of duty."

[READ MORE: Trump moves to 'build that wall' with Mexico, curb refugees]

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