Nogales Border Patrol agents were involved in a shoot out on Sunday North West of the city. The BP agents responded to a sensor that was tripped near the U.S./Mexico border and were greeted with fire from alleged illegal aliens.
Inside sources say the illegal aliens were smuggling drugs and were armed with AK-47s. Once the Border Patrol arrived on the scene the illegals fired their weapons and BP agents returned fire. There were no injuries reported.
Nogales Border Patrol agent, Mario Escalante said the incident is under investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is looking into the confrontation. “The shooting incident happened, but it is still part of an ongoing investigation so I can not provided further details that could hinder our inquiry into the matter,” Escalante said.
In a separate incident outside Tucson, Arizona, a man’s body was found with an apparent gun shot wound and his body set on fire in a known drug smuggling corridor.
A spokesman from the Pima County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Jason Ogan said they received a phone call from Border Patrol agents who saw a vehicle drive into Ironwood Forest National Monument area near the location of the body. The BP agents said the truck looked suspicious and it didn’t have any lights on in the early morning hours.
“They heard what sounded like a gunshot and then saw flames originating from the area. The vehicle left at a high rate of speed on Reservation Road. Border Patrol followed (the truck) but eventually lost sight of the vehicle,” according to Ogan.
The deceased and burned body was identified by Pima County Sheriff’s Homicide team as Nael Alfredo Garcia-Moreno.
So far there are no suspects in the case. “The investigation remains in the preliminary stages and it’s too early for forensics details to be processed,” Ogan reported Tuesday morning.