Yuma Border Patrol involved in shooting
Incident near Quartzsite leaves suspect dead
Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents from the Blythe Station were involved in a shooting early Wednesday morning in La Paz County, which left one suspect dead and another in custody, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
The incident began at approximately 12:56 a.m., when a state trooper conducted a traffic stop on a blue Ford Mustang on Interstate 10 at milepost 57, which is 40 miles east of Quartzsite.
While the trooper was explaining to the driver that he had been pulled over for a suspended license plate, the front seat passenger also got out of the vehicle and opened fire on the trooper with a submachine gun.
After fighting off the driver, the trooper was able to take cover and avoid being hit by any bullets. He then returned fire, shooting out the back window of the Mustang. The passenger got back in the car and fled from the scene, heading west on Interstate 10.
The trooper was then able to take the driver into custody.
Agent Justin Kallinger of the Yuma Sector Public
Affairs Office said Border Patrol agents and La Paz County deputies later spotted the Mustang at milepost 17 and a pursuit ensued, which ended at Dome Rock Road. There was then an exchange of gunfire at this location between Border Patrol agents, deputies and the suspect.
Afterwards the suspect fled on foot across the highway to the eastbound side, where he hijacked a big rig with an attached trailer. According to DPS the truck driver was sleeping inside when the suspect assaulted him and held him at gunpoint. He then drove the semi truck eastbound on Interstate 10, back toward Quartzsite, where he got off the highway and drove down Main Street before eventually stopping at about 2:30 a.m. at a gas station in the 3100 block, where a final exchange of gunfire occurred.
The suspect was subsequently shot by agents and sustained serious injuries. Troopers, deputies and agents immediately began administering advanced life-saving techniques on him.
The suspect was transported by air ambulance to an area hospital but later succumbed to his injuries. The commercial truck driver sustained an injury but was not transported for medical treatment. No officers or troopers were seriously injured during the incident.
The FBI, CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility, the Department of Public Safety and the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department are involved in the ongoing investigation. Westbound I-10 was closed at milepost 81 for the police investigation but has since reopened.
YUMA SECTOR BORDER PATROL agents from the Blythe Station were involved in a shooting at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning at a gas station in the 3100 block of Main Street in Quartzite, which left one suspect dead and another in custody, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.