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Cartel gunmen shoot at Border Patrol agent on the southern Arizona border

January 1, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Cartel gunmen shoot at Border Patrol agent on the southern Arizona border File Photo: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

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Unidentified sicarios operating in a known drug-smuggling territory on the Southern Arizona border, fired multiple shots at a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

An agent working a mobile surveillance unit heard several shots and noticed two individuals at a distance with a rifle. Gunfire hit an unoccupied patrol vehicle next to the monitoring unit. The agent was not hurt and did not return fire, Breitbart Texas reported.

Multiple Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents and local police officers were sent to the area to attempt to locate the gunmen. The suspects escaped on foot, and no arrests have been made. The investigation is still ongoing.

The Brian Terry station, located on the southern Arizona border, where the shooting occurred, honors the U.S. Border Patrol agent who was slain in a gunfight trying to apprehend a group of cartel gunmen attempting to steal a drug load from a rival organization.

Border Patrol agents are the most attacked federal law enforcement officers, Mark Morgan, Border Patrol Commissioner, said before the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee back in November.

Close to 150 agents were assaulted during the first two months of the fiscal year 2017 which started in October. This signifies an increase of more than 230% over the same period the year prior. Approximately 7,500 Border Patrol agents have been attacked since 2009.

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