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Tag: Arizona

Immigration Activist Arrested, Pepper-Sprayed After Trying to Intervene in Traffic Stop

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An immigration activist who tried to intervene in a traffic stop by Tucson Police on Sunday was arrested and pepper-sprayed after authorities say he crawled under a Border Patrol car, News 4 Tucson reports.

The activist, Paul Ochoa, laid under the car after police pulled over a father of six, News 4 reported.

Several suspects were taken into custody, said Border Patrol spokesman Jeremy Copeland.

Ochoa is known for taking brave stands against immigration enforcement.

Report: Border Patrol Shot, Killed Mexican Teen from Behind

The Border Patrol has maintained its agent opened fire on a 16-year-old because he was throwing rocks at authorities from the Mexican border to Arizona.   

But the USA Today is reporting that ten of the 11 bullets that struck Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez in October hit him from behind, according to a report by medical examiners for the Sonora attorney general’s office. 

Border Patrol and the FBI, which is investigating the case, declined to comment.

“The only way I can fathom that report is that he was lying on his face when he was hit,” said Luis Parra, an attorney representing the Elena Rodriguez family.

Since January 2010, Border Patrol has killed 19 people – all but two along the U.S. -Mexican border.

ATF Dog is Mauled by Pit Bull During Warrant Search

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

ATF agents shot a pit bull Thursday for attacking their service dog while delivering a state warrant in Arizona, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

Agents were searching a property near Tucson area for firearms and drugs when the pit bull attacked, the Star wrote.

The service dog, Bora, was mauled by the pit bull.

Bora was taken to a veterinary clinic for the wounds.

Agents said they were forced to shoot to save Bora’s life, the Star reported.

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Feds Investigate Border Agent’s Deadly Shooting of Illegal Immigrant in Tucson

Steve Neavling
ticklthewire.com

The feds are investigating a deadly shooting involving a U.S. Border Patrol agent in the mountains of Arizona, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

Authorities said the unnamed agent shot and killed a man after a confrontation with a group who had crossed the border illegally, the agency told the Arizona Daily Star.

More details of the case are unclear, including the nationality of the man who died.

The death is the third fatal shooting by a Border Patrol agent in a month in the Tucson Sector, the AP reported.

Arizona Man Charged with Bombing a Government Office Had Ingredients for a Disaster

Steve Neavling
ticklthewire.com

 An Arizona man charged with trying to blow up a Social Security Administration Office was researching how to build the type of powerful bombs used by terrorists, the Associated Press reports.

Abdullatif Ali Aldosary, 47, was charged in federal court Monday with maliciously damaging federal property by means of an explosive and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Despite evidence found at his home that suggested Aldosary was building a much more destructive bomb, the explosion was relatively small and injured no one at the Social Security Office in Casa Grande, about 50 miles south of Phoenix, the AP wrote.

ATF handed the investigation over to the FBI.

FBI: Arizona AG Tom Horne Involved in Hit-And-Run to Avoid Evidence of an Affair with Subordinate

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI has accused Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne of leaving the scene of an accident because he was trying to conceal a relationship with a female employee, the Associated Press reports.

In a report obtained by the AP, agents said Horne was having an affair with Assistant Attorney General Carmen Chenal at her apartment. When he backed into a parked Range Rover, the FBI said Horne left the scene because he didn’t want evidence of the affair.

Horne was charged last week with a misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of an accident.

Horne originally claimed that he didn’t leave a note because he didn’t believe there was any damage, the AP reported.

Investigators Still Puzzled Over Shooting that Killed Border Patrol Agent

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 As investigators continue to investigate the fatal shooting of a Border Patrol agent in the border town of Naco, Ariz., another agent who was shot during the incident was released from the hospital Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The wounded agent, who still has not been named, was shot in the buttocks and leg.

Some details have emerged: Nicholas Ivie, 30, who was fatally shot, was responding with two other agents to an unusual sensor reading designed to alert officials of border activity, the LA Times reported.

But a lot remains unclear: Who shot the agents? Did the agents return fire?

Investigators combed the area Wednesday in search of clues.

FBI, Local Police Probe Fatal Shooting of Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Investigators in helicopters and on ATVs and horseback scoured the desert near the U.S.-Mexico line Tuesday to piece together what happened when a Border Patrol agent was fatally shot and his partner wounded in Arizona, the Associated Press reports.

Authorities identified the slain agent as Nicholas Ivie, 30, who lived in Sierra Vista with his wife and two young daughters.

The shooting happened shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday in the rugged area of Naco, about 100 miles from Tucson.

It’s still unclear what happened, but authority the FBI and local police believe more than one gunman was involved, the AP reported.

The last time an agent was fatally shot was in 2010, when a shooting broke out with Mexican bandits.