Two US border agents shot, one fatally, in Ariz.

Two US border agents shot, one fatally, in Ariz.

Two US border agents shot, one fatally, in Ariz.

By NBC News staff and wire reports

Two U.S. Border Patrol agents were shot, one fatally, near Naco, Arizona, authorities told KVOA.com and The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The shooting occurred at a patrol base named after Brian Terry – a border agent who was killed in December 2010 in an incident at the center of a controversy over a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives (ATF) gun tracking operation known as “Fast and Furious.”

“The injured agent has been airlifted to the hospital,” Crystal Amarillas, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Border Patrol in Tuscon, said in a statement to KVOA.com.

 

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“Preliminary reports indicate one agent has died from his injuries and another sustained non-life threatening wounds.”

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Names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin, Amarillas said, without releasing any further information.

The agents who were shot were on patrol with a third agent who was unharmed, George McCubbin, president of theNational Border Patrol Council, a union representing about 17,000 border patrol agents, told The Associated Press.

The base is about 100 miles southeast of Tucson.

The Department of Homeland Security said the wounded agent was airlifted to a hospital after being shot in the ankle and buttocks, The Associated Press reported.

The FBI and Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, which are investigating the shooting, did not immediately return calls to The Associated Press Tuesday morning.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

This is a breaking news story. More updates will follow later.