A Pinal County deputy was shot by illegal immigrants and drug smugglers during a patrol Friday south of Phoenix. At least one of the illegal immigrants has an AK47 because he used it to shoot the deputy.
–Video captured the injured deputy being rescued.
My FOX Phoenix reported:
A Pinal County sheriff’s deputy is recovering after he’s shot by a group of suspected illegal immigrants and drug smugglers Friday during patrol south of Phoenix.
It happened during patrol on the I-8 west of Casa Grande and south of Phoenix. The deputy radioed in to report he was shot in the abdomen with an AK-47 assault rifle while in a desert area, Pinal County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Tamatha Villar says.
Villar says the deputy found several bales of marijuana and approached a group of five suspected illegal immigrants when he was shot. Two of the five suspects were armed.
The deputy stayed on the line with authorities to help guide them to his location. A DPS Ranger helicopter with a paramedic landed and airlifted the deputy to a hospital. He is reportedly in good condition.
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office tactical team are also searching for three more suspects, who fled. So far, two people have been caught.
KTAR has more on the shooting.
Related… Rush Limbaugh blasted the Obama administration and other critics of the Arizona immigration law for being anti-police and ignoring the role that the rising tide of crime linked to illegals played in the formation of the law.
More… SM-Illinois added:
Our retirement home is in AZ City—right next to Casa Grande. This “incident” occurred in the vicinity of Hwy’s 8 & 84—less then 10 miles from our house. We were there over the weekend returning Tuesday. Monday night—while driving on Hwy 10—-we saw several police in hot pursuit—-and they ended up surrounding a house in our development less then a half mile from our house. So, all I have to say about all those idiot libs, Hollywood dopes, etc, etc………what about our US rights? Who is going to protect us from this violence? How can we ever relax in our retirement home? Will our property value ever recover given our house is located in this major smuggling/mayhem war zone? Maybe the government should buy our property to house the border patrol and/or national guard? Anybody who objects to us wanting our protection under US law ought to put some of their own lives or property on the line. Or, let them start a fund to buy back our property.