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Border Patrol Agent Cleared of Wrongdoing in Fatal Shooting of Unarmed Man

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent has been cleared of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting an unarmed man accused of smuggling drugs in southern Arizona, the Associated Press reports.

Agent Daniel Marquez’ actions appeared to be “justified under the circumstances,” the Pima County Attorney’s Office said.

The shooting came after a 15-mile chase on May 30, when Marquez shot 31-year-old Jose Luis Arambula.

According to reports, Marquez firef nine shots at Arambula before striking him once in the head.

Arambula’s car was later found with about 500 pounds of marijuana.

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FBI Investigating Body Donor Program in Portland Following Similar Probes in Detroit, Arizona

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI is investigating a body donor program in Portland following similar probes in Detroit and Arizona.

Oregonlive.com reports that the FBI launched an investigation into Legacy Health.

But authorities are tightlipped about the probe of Legacy Health.

“Other than confirming that there is an FBI investigation into the Legacy Body Donation Program, there isn’t much more I can say,” said FBI special agent David Porter, a spokesman in the bureau’s Detroit field office.

The investigation involves health screenings of the bodies and failure to notify families of how bodies were being used, Oregonelive.com reports.

Rumors have put a negative light on body donation services.

“People are confused. They just want to verify that we’re not one of those organizations they’ve read about,”  Corrina Patzer, director of business services for Lions VisionGift, said. “It impacts transplants, it impacts donations.”

The investigation appears to have its roots in two similar cases in Detroit and Arizona.

CBP Offers Citizens Up-Close Look at Monitoring Border, Keeping U.S. Safe

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

What’s it like protecting the border?

The U.S. Border Patrol in Arizona is hosting a Citizens Academy beginning Oct. 15 to give residents and community leaders an inside look at the agency. The idea is to provider a greater sense of Border Patrol’s mission and its duties.

Leaders warned that participants should be in good physical condition because the five-week class includes trek’s on unstable terrain.

For more information, call the Yuma Sector Border Community Liaison Office at (928) 341-6559, or Supervisory CBPO Reggie Smith at (928) 627-8854 Ext. 347.

Man Who Killed 6, Seriously Injured Rep. Giffords Planned More Serious Follow-Up Attack

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The man who killed six people and severely wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords planned a second attack that could have been more deadly, according to newly released FBI records obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

FBI agents searching the Tucson, Ariz., residence of Jared Lee Loughner found a small safe containing bomb-making components. Agents found batteries, a circuit board, wires and a numeric keyboard system.

Loughner was not captured on the morning of the 2011 attack.

The new records suggest Loughner had an even more violent attack planned, the Los Angeles Times reported.

FBI Arrests Four Americans Following Fake Sex-Slave Auction in Arizona

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has arrested four American men after setting up a sting featuring a fake sex-slave auction in Arizona, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Agents set up the sting after the men expressed an interest in buying sex slaves through an online Malaysian slave trading organization that the FBI had been investigating.

Undercover agents set up a fictitious auction.

“We came to realize that there was a portion of the human-trafficking threat that we were underappreciating,” said George  Steuer, supervisory special agent in the Phoenix FBI office. “We realized that there was this group of individuals in the U.S. who were interested in owning a human slave both for sexual exploitation and domestic labor.”

But defense lawyers say the FBI went too far.

“I thought I’d heard of everything until I got this case,” said George Klink, a Phoenix attorney who represents one of the men. “It’s an awful waste of resources.”

One Border Agent Killed, Another Injured in On-Duty Crash in Arizona

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two Border Patrol agents were on duty when their vehicle rolled over in Arizona, killing one of them and injuring another.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that tread separation contributed to the accident at 7:40 a.m. Wednesday on Interstate 10 about eight miles east of Benson.

The agents were rushed to the University of Arizona Medical Center.

One of the agents, who worked for Border Patrol for five years, died en route.

Details were still unclear Thursday morning.

Border Patrol Agent Shoots 2 U.S. Citizens After He Is Injured in Attack

Tohono O'odham Indian NationSteve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent opened fire, shooting two U.S. citizens, after a truck tried to ram him, KVOA.com reports.

The incident happened shortly after 12:15 a.m. Monday at the Tohono O’odham Indian Nation in Arizona.

According to the agency, the agent was standing near his marked car when the driver of a truck tried to strike him. The agent responded by opening fire, striking two of three people in the truck.

They were tribal members.

The agent, whose name was not released, was injured and taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The FBI is investigating and is pursuing assault charges.

Border Patrol Chief: Agency is Unfairly Criticized for Using Excessive Force

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher said his agency is unfairly criticized for using excessive force, the Associated Press reports.

Fisher said it’s a mischaracterization to describe his employees as “indiscriminately” opening fire on immigrants.

“If you are like me, there’s nothing more terrifying than fighting for your life when you’re alone with no communication, and the thought for a split second that you may never get home at the end of that shift to see your wife and son again,” Fisher said. “The only thing that is equal to the ripple of fear is thinking of having to use deadly force against another human being.”

Fisher was speaking at the annual Border Security Expo in Phoenix.