Over 200 pounds of pot seized after agent fired shots

Over 200 pounds of pot seized after agent fired shots

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – The U.S. Border Patrol says an agent fired his gun twice at an 18-year-old suspected drug smuggler after the man threw rocks at the agent during an encounter in southern Arizona.

The incident happened around 4 p.m. on Tuesday on Tohono O’odham Nation land about 75 miles southwest of Tucson.

The suspect, a Honduran national who has been deported in the past, was not struck by the bullets.

Spokesman Matthew Eisenhauer said the agent is a 12-year veteran of the agency who is now on standard administrative leave. The Border Patrol isn’t naming the agent or suspect yet.

Eisenhauer said the suspect was with two other smugglers. Agents seized 247 pounds of marijuana during the arrest.

The Border Patrol says rocks can be deadly weapons and require the use of deadly force.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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