U.S. Border Patrol Agents Shot
- Duration 1:45
- Date Oct 2, 2012
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What else do we know this morning William about the shooting.
-- Martha not cause a very small to quiet border town maybe a thousand people mostly ranchers about a hundred miles southeast of Tucson but because of its proximity to major highways state route 89 -- it's going to worth.
And interstate ten which goes east and west it's a very active drug smuggling -- door.
Those basically moving drugs mostly cocaine and marijuana but increasingly methamphetamine and heroin.
And those trying to steal those struggles those -- known -- -- so the Border Patrol substation has increased from a hundred.
Agents in just the last several years to combat this threat.
Early this morning to weigh -- three agents were -- patrolling one was shot fatally.
Another was airlifted to a nearby hospital would not threatening shots to his leg into his hip.
And a third was not hit.
Now there -- several types of agents in this area.
Number one you've got the guys -- controlling their suvs when they see you were alerted to a group of illegals -- drug smugglers by sensors or cameras they'll get out and attempt to interdict that on foot.
Then yeah those vortex tactical unit who -- or are dropped in by helicopter.
An alien lay -- for several nights and then they try to basically interdict these the smuggling groups -- rip cruise.
And then finally you have those on horseback -- we are told that these agents.
Were on horseback patrolling about again to lay down.
And that is when the activity really picks up the temperatures drop.
Basically between 85 and 55 degrees it's not as hot as it used to be.
And also it's -- time and that's when this is most active places like narco Douglas and I know Dallas so these guys on horseback they're typically they have a side arm sales have a rifle.
We don't know any more details at this time Martha.