Five men suspected of smuggling drugs across the border ambushed a Pinal County sheriff's deputy Friday in a remote area south of Phoenix, underscoring the border-related violence that has catapulted Arizona and its new immigration law onto the national stage.
The Pinal Sheriff's department told The Associated Press that the hunt into the early morning hours Saturday but no arrests had been made.
The rugged desert area where the shooting took place, near the junction of Interstate 8 and Arizona 84 in south-central Arizona, is considered a high-traffic drug- and human-smuggling corridor.
A massive hunt of 100 square miles that included helicopters with night-vision equipment and more than 200 officers, including SWAT teams, from 13 agencies was still pursuing the shooters late Friday.
More than one helicopter came under fire during the evening as officers rescued Deputy Louie Puroll, who had been shot with an AK-47-type weapon around 4 p.m., according to the Sheriff's Office.
The illegals who traffic in humans and drugs are now openly engaging Arizona's law enforcement. The Obama administration has so far ignored this development. Arizona passes laws to allow law enforcement to keep these people out of Arizona, the Obama administration denounces it. What's next? Is his administration going to take steps to shield these types of people from our laws?
An update was offered by Fox 11 AZ, three undocumented men have been taken into custody in connection with the shooting.